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Jar: C.17-1926

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 29 - Korean Gallery


Pottery: Unknown (Possibly)




Large jar with dragon design. Porcelain, thrown, painted in iron-brown, and glazed. This large jar (hangari) has a globular body shaped like a ginkgo fruit, a narrow base and a rolled rim. The body shows horizontal marks from throwing and a rib in the centre where it was luted together. The decoration, which is in underglaze iron-oxide, consists of a single rather humorously rendered dragon in pursuit of a pearl, among stylised clouds. A greyish-blue glaze covers the heavy, thick body, leaving patches unglazed; the footring shows traces of a sandy support.


History note: Formerly in the Tapp collection

Legal notes

Given by Mrs J.A. Venn in memory of the late Professor Sir W. Ridgeway

Place(s) associated

  • Kwangju-gun ⪼ Kyonggi province ⪼ Korea

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1926) by Venn, J. A.


17th Century#
Choson Dynasty (1392 - 1910)
Circa 1650 CE - 1700 CE


In Korea the dragon motif was often simplified and stylised, conveying the idea rather than depicting the animal in detail. The bold brushwork is reminiscent of paintings of Bodhidharma by the seventeenth-century painter Kim Myongguk. This jar would probably have been used as a wine jar at feasts. Recently, sherds of similar jars have been found at Sindae-ri, a kiln site known to have been active from 1665 to 1676, and at Chiwol-ri, which was active in the following decade, both situated in Kwangju, Kyonggi province. A similar but finer jar is in the collection of the Seoul National Museum, see Sekai Toji Zenshu, vol.19, 1980, pl.188.

Sindae-ri or Chiwol-ri ware.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of glaze
Jar composed of porcelain Height 34.5 cm
Foot Diameter 15.3 cm
Rim Diameter 17.5 cm

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.17-1926
Primary reference Number: 16431
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 18 April 2017 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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