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Jar: C.127-1984

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Current Location: Gallery 29 - Korean Gallery


Pottery: Unknown




Small jar with scrollwork. Stoneware, thrown, brushed with white slip, painted in iron-oxide and punch'ong-glazed. This small jar with rolled rim has the shape of a ginkgo fruit or abacus bead, and a low foot. The upper half of the body is brushed with white slip and painted in dark brown underglaze-iron with simple large-scale scrolls which form a striking contrast to the white ground. The lower half of the body is undecorated. The whole piece is covered with a greyish-blue glaze. The base shows traces of a bamboo tool used to compact the clay and thus prevent cracking, and the piece was fired on a sandy support.


History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Gompertz Gift

Measurements and weight

Height: 8.6 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Kongju-gun ⪼ South Ch'ungch'ong province ⪼ Korea

Acquisition and important dates

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


16th Century
Choson Dynasty (1392 - 1910)
Circa 1500 - 1550


This type of jar was made for every-day use, probably as a vessel for soups or stews. Vessels decorated in this technique, always with the lower part of the body plain, were made from the end of the fifteenth until the sixteenth century in Hakpong-ri kilns. The type is generally called Kyeryong-san ware, after the area, which includes the village of Hakpong-ri.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of slip ( white) iron-oxide
Glaze composed of punch'ong-glaze
Foot Diameter 5.5 cm
Rim Diameter 7.7 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Stoneware, thrown, brushed with white slip, painted in iron-oxide and punch'ong-glazed
Glazing (coating)

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.127-1984
Primary reference Number: 16392
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 11 August 2016 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

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

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