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Maebyong: C.80-1984

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 29 - Korean Gallery




Pottery: Unknown (Probably)




Vase with willow trees, cranes and lotus design. Stoneware, thrown, inlaid in black and white slip, and celadon glazed. This maebyong-shaped vase has a wide shoulder and a narrow base and rests on a broad low footring. The neck has been restored. The body is inlaid in black and white slip with two large lotus sprays with fully opened blooms, between painterly scenes of cranes under a willow tree. Around the base is a band of key-fret in white slip. The glaze is of opaque pale bluish-green tone, glossy, and with a fine crackle. The glaze has been wiped from the footring, which shows traces of ten fire-clay spurs.


History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Gompertz Gift

Measurements and weight

Height: 34.6 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Puan-gun ⪼ North Cholla province ⪼ Korea

Acquisition and important dates

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


Koryo Dynasty
13th Century
Circa 1200 - 1250


This type of maebyong was used as a container for fine wine, made from plum flowers or ginseng. It originally probably had a cover.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of slip ( black and white)
Glaze composed of celadon glaze
Foot Diameter 12.2 cm
Rim Diameter 5.7 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

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

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.80-1984
Primary reference Number: 16341
Old object number: 65
Box number: 65
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 7 October 2021 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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

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