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Water dropper: C.447-1984

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Current Location: Gallery 29 - Korean Gallery


Pottery: Unknown




Water dropper with leaping carp design. Porcelain, slab-built, painted in cobalt-blue and glazed. This cubical water dropper has a hole in the centre of the top for filling and a small (repaired) spout on one side. The top is outlined in underglaze-blue and painted with a leaping carp among waves in a large medallion with double outline. The glaze is of pale bluish-white colour; it has been wiped from the base which during firing was placed on a sandy support.


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 subject of the decoration was intended to encourage diligent study, as the carp, which can turn into a dragon, symbolises the student, who after passing the examinations can become an official. The subject is also common in nineteenth-century folk painting.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of glaze
Water Dropper composed of porcelain Height 6.0 cm Width 8.5 cm Width 8.8 cm

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.447-1984
Primary reference Number: 16505
Box number: 93
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 January 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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