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Bowl: C.88 & A-1984

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Pottery: Unknown




Rice bowl and cover of chrysanthemum shape. Porcelain, moulded, shaped, inscribed in cobalt-blue, and glazed. This rice bowl is of deep rounded form, the cover has a flat top and sloping sides. Both bowl and cover are moulded in narrow lobes and the lip of the bowl is carved correspondingly in floral shape. The top of the cover and the centre of the bowl are inscribed in underglaze-blue with the character pok ("happiness") in seal script. The glaze is of pale bluish tone; it has been wiped away inside the cover which was fired on a circular support. The footring of the bowl shows traces of a fine 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 - 1900


This bowl was probably used for cooked rice. Its satisfying shape, pale bluish glaze and its fine pleated pattern all harmonise well and stand in the nineteenth-century tradition of the Punwon-ri kilns.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of glaze
Bowl And Cover composed of porcelain Height 13.6 cm
Rim, Bowl Diameter 15.3 cm
Foot, Cover Diameter 17.1 cm
Foot, Bowl Diameter 8.1 cm
Jar And Cover

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.88 & A-1984
Primary reference Number: 16532
Old object number: D
Box number: 84
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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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