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Tanji: C.442-1984

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Current Location: Gallery 29 - Korean Gallery




Pottery: Unknown




Pickle jar with peony. Porcelain, thrown, painted in cobalt-blue and glazed. This pickle jar, or tanji, has a wide, slightly everted neck, a globular body and a short foot. Around the shoulder is a youi-head border and the main area of the body is painted in bright cobalt-blue with two peony sprays in full bloom. Both neck and foot are encircled by blue lines. The footring is deep and shows traces of fine sand from the firing support. The body is thick and the piece is covered with a pale bluish-white glaze. This piece was inscribed after firing; the inscription, engraved in dots above the foot reads musin sa nyoon kogan tae tyung syo idyuk, which may be translated as "made in the fourth year, musin for storage, [in] large, medium and small [sizes]". The cyclical year musin recorded in the inscription corresponds here probably to the year 1868.


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 1850 - 1900


Usually, pickle jars of this type were made in three sizes, of which this is the medium size. They were used in the kitchen or placed on the rice chest (twiju); they could be stacked, one on top of the other, and were sealed with paper covers.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of glaze
Jar composed of porcelain Height 14.4 cm
Foot Diameter 8.8 cm
Rim Diameter 9.0 cm

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: in characters

  • Text: musin sa nyoon kogan tae tyung syo idyuk
  • Location: Above the foot
  • Method of creation: Engraved in dots
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.442-1984
Primary reference Number: 16486
Box number: 88
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 11 August 2016 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

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

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