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Pal: C.84-1984

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Titles

Pal

Maker(s)

Probably Unknown (Pottery)

Description

Deep bowl with dragon design. Stoneware, thrown, incised, inlaid with white slip and celadon-glazed. This deep bowl (pal) has straight sides and a broad flat base. The body is thin and has warped in the firing. Inside, a dragon among waves is incised in a central medallion enclosed by a band of youi-heads, both framed by a key-fret border inlaid in white slip, and round the sides six chrysanthemum sprays are incised beneath a classic-scroll border. The outside is covered with overall incised peony scrolls beneath a key-fret border in white inlaid slip. The pale bluish-green glaze is clear and without crackle. The base shows seven small quartzite spur-marks.

Notes

History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Gompertz Gift

Measurements and weight

Height: 6.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Kangjin-gun ⪼ South Cholla province ⪼ Korea

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1984) by Gompertz, G. St. G. M., Mr and Mrs

Dating

Koryo Dynasty
Mid-12th Century
Circa 1130 - 1160 1160

Note

This bowl is a typical example of the early period, around 1157, when the sanggam (inlay) developed from the simple umgak (incising) technique. As this bowl shows, the inlay was first used for subsidiary rather than the principal motifs. This is therefore an important documentary piece for the development of Korean inlaid celadon. It can be considered as a product of the Sadang-ri kilns, made around 1157, when the famous celadon roof-tiles were produced, particularly since the motif of peony scrolls is very similar to that found on sherds from the Tangjon kiln site at Sadang-ri.

Components of the work

Decoration: composed of slip ( white) Glaze: composed of celadon glaze Foot: Diameter 14.5 cm
Rim: Diameter 18.8 cm

Materials used in production

Stoneware

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Stoneware, thrown, incised, inlaid and celadon-glazed
Glazing (coating) Inlay (process)

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.84-1984
Primary reference Number: 16274
Old object number: 69
Box number: 69
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 7 October 2021 Last processed: Thursday 7 October 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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