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Jar: C.99-1984

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 29 - Korean Gallery


Unknown (Pottery)


Hexagonal jar with poetic inscription. Porcelain, thrown, shaped, inscribed in cobalt-blue and glazed. The straight neck of this piece is slightly everted and the cylindrical body facetted, but the edges are smoothed to give it a softer appearance. The six sides of the body are inscribed in underglaze-blue with the characters kmjng ogaeg, yngdo sru, mansu mugang, which can be translated;
`Essence of gold and dewdrops of jade,
Eternal as the peach, snow-white as the lotus root.
For bountiful longevity without limits.'
The pale bluish-white glaze is evenly applied. The footring shows traces of supports made of fire-clay and fine sand.


History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Gompertz Gift

Place(s) associated

  • Punwon-ri kilns ⪼ Kwangju ⪼ Korea

Acquisition and important dates

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


19th century
Choson Dynasty (1392 - 1910)
Circa 1800 - 1850


The inscription has Daoist connotations. The expression `essence of gold and dewdrops of jade' refers to elixirs of long life.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of glaze Jar composed of porcelain Height 11.5 cm
Rim Diameter 7.4 cm
Foot Diameter 8.6 cm

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.99-1984
Primary reference Number: 16484
Old object number: Y
Box number: Y
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 11 August 2016 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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