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Jar: C.21-1930

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Current Location: In storage


Pottery: Unknown




Large jar with tortoise and crane designs. Porcelain, thrown, painted in cobalt-blue and glazed. The body of this jar is almost globular and the neck straight; the foot is wider than the neck, giving the jar a stable appearance. In four roundels around the sides, divine tortoises and cranes are arranged in alternation, with a cloud or auspicious vapour issuing from the mouth of each tortoise, and with lots of free space around the designs. The glaze is of milky-white colour and crackled, the body is thick and heavy. On the base is an unexplained straight incised line and traces of sandy supports adhere to the footring.


History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Given by Dr W.M. Tapp

Measurements and weight

Height: 31 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Punwon-ri kilns ⪼ Kwangju ⪼ Korea

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1930-02-15) by Tapp, W. M., Dr


18th Century
Choson Dynasty (1392 - 1910)
Circa 1750 - 1800


Such jars (hangari) were used as wine vessels. Judging from the colour of the glaze and the treatment of the footring, this jar appears to have been made in the Punwon-ri kilns in the second half of the eighteenth century. An identical piece is in the Seoul National Museum, see Han'guk Misul Chonjip, vol.10, 1973, pl.85.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of glaze
Rim Diameter 14 cm
Foot Diameter 15 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Porcelain, thrown, painted in cobalt-blue, and glazed
Glazing (coating)

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.21-1930
Primary reference Number: 16436
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 26 April 2021 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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