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Water dropper: C.89-1984

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Current Location: Gallery 29 - Korean Gallery


Pottery: Unknown




Water dropper in the shape of a house. Porcelain, slab-built, incised, painted in iron-brown and copper-red, and glazed. This water dropper in the form of an L-shaped house also has the form of the first character in the han'gul script (the consonant K, which looks like an inverted capital L). It is finely incised with doors, windows and roof tiles, and the character pok (happiness) is inscribed in decorative script on one end. Two holes, one in the roof on the inner corner and the other below on the outer corner, allow water to be filled in and poured out. The roof is coloured in underglaze iron-brown and the sides are painted with 'pillars' in copper-red. A greyish-white glaze is tinged with blue and covers the whole piece except for the base, which shows traces of a firing support.


History note: Unknown before donor

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Gompertz Gift

Measurements and weight

Height: 4.2 cm
Width: 5.8 cm
Width: 6.4 cm

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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 - 1900

Components of the work

Decoration composed of glaze

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Slab-building : Porcelain, slab-built, incised, painted in iron-brown and copper-red and glazed
Glazing (coating)

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.89-1984
Primary reference Number: 16517
Old object number: N
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 January 2021 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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