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Sabal: C.95-1984

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 29 - Korean Gallery




Pottery: Unknown




Deep bowl. Porcelain, thrown and glazed. This deep bowl (sabal) has a flared mouth and a tall straight foot with a slight inward slant; the centre is recessed. The clay body is thick and the glaze has a greyish-white tone tinged with blue. The footring shows traces of fine sand from the firing support.


History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Gompertz Gift

Measurements and weight

Height: 8.9 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Kwangju-gun ⪼ 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 1550 CE - 1600 CE


The fifteenth-century predecessors of this type of bowl have a more strongly flared mouth and a broad but shorter foot, the glaze at that time had a bluish-white tone rather than the greyish white of this piece. This bowl may be a product of Kwanm-ri in Kwangju, which has been identified as a sixteenth-century kiln site.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of glaze
Rim Diameter 16.5 cm
Foot Diameter 6.3 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Porcelain, thrown and glazed
Glazing (coating)

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.95-1984
Primary reference Number: 16414
Old object number: U
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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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