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Maebyong: C.13-1926

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Unknown (Pottery)


Vase with peony scrolls. Stoneware, thrown, incised and celadon-glazed. This maebyong-shaped vase has a cupped mouth (repaired), wide shoulder and flares very slightly at the base; the footring is low. The decoration is in finely incised lines and consists of a band of chrysanthemum petals on the shoulder and another around the base, and a lively peony scroll with six fully-opened blooms between. The glaze has a pale bluish celadon colour, is thinly applied, and finely crackled. Fire-clay spur-marks are visible on the footring.


History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Given by Dr W.M. Tapp

Place(s) associated

  • Kangjin-gun ⪼ South Cholla province ⪼ Korea

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1926-07-11) by Tapp, W. M., Dr


12th Century
Koryo Dynasty
Circa 1100 - 1150


This is a very rare type of maebyong. It may have been used for plum or wine, and would originally have had a cover, now missing. Its shape is typical of the Koryo period and is very similar to two pieces now in Boston and Washington D.C., which can be attributed to the 1150s and 1160s (Sekai Toji Zenshu, vol. 18, 1978, pls.6 and 7; for the decoration compare pls.9 and 11). To judge from the colour of the celadon glaze and the incised decoration, this vase must be a product of the Sadang-ri kilns at Kangjin (compare fragments from the kilns, ibid., pls.229 and 235). Related designs painted in underglaze-brown are found on celadon wares from the second half of the eleventh and first half of the twelfth century (ibid., p.l86, figs. 79 and 82).

Components of the work

Glaze composed of celadon glaze Vase composed of stoneware Height 31.5 cm
Foot Diameter 12.5 cm
Rim Diameter 6.0 cm

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.13-1926
Primary reference Number: 16166
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 4 January 2017 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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

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