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Masangbae: C.125-1984

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 29 - Korean Gallery




Pottery: Unknown




Stem cup. Porcelain, thrown, luted and glazed. This small wine cup with flared rim is set on a high flaring foot, which can be used as a handle. The surface is plain, covered with a milky-white glaze, tinged with blue and finely crackled. On the footring there are traces of a fire-clay support. Two lines have accidentally been scratched on the inside of the foot.


History note: Unknown before donor

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Gompertz Gift

Measurements and weight

Height: 7.2 cm

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 CE - 1600 CE


This is a so-called masangbae, a wine-cup for riders. The glaze colour is typical of the sixteenth century. This piece was probably made in the first half of the century at one of the punch'ong kilns in Kyongsang province that went on to make true porcelain, like those in Chinyang, Sanch'ong or Koryong.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of glaze
Foot Diameter 4.2 cm
Rim Diameter 9.7 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Porcelain, thrown, luted and glazed
Glazing (coating)

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.125-1984
Primary reference Number: 16413
Supplementary schedule: 23
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 11 August 2016 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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