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Kirumbyong: C.71-1984

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 29 - Korean Gallery




Pottery: Unknown (Probably)




Oil bottle with lotus scroll. Stoneware, thrown, incised, inlaid in black and white slip, and celadon glazed. This oil bottle (kirumbyong) with flattened body and cupped mouth is decorated around the shoulder with a finely inlaid lotus scroll with white blooms and black leaves, bordered by pairs of white lines with and without thin incised scrolls, respectively, and with a narrow incised petal border above. Above the foot is a band of scrollwork, fluently incised. The clay body is thick and heavy and the jade-coloured glaze thickly and evenly applied. Three quartzite spur-marks are remaining on the base.


History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Gompertz Gift

Measurements and weight

Height: 4.6 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Kangjin-gun ⪼ South Cholla province ⪼ Korea

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1984) by Gompertz, G. St. G. M., Mr and Mrs


Koryo Dynasty
12th Century
Circa 1150 - 1200


This oil bottle may have been made around 1160 when the sanggam (inlay) technique was in common use at the kilns in Sadang-ri, Kangjin.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of slip ( black and white)
Glaze composed of celadon glaze
Rim Diameter 3 cm
Foot Diameter 5 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Stoneware, thrown, inlaid in black and white slip, and celadon-glazed
Glazing (coating)

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.71-1984
Primary reference Number: 16333
Old object number: 55
Box number: 55
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 4 June 2021 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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