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Bowl: C.5-1926

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 29 - Korean Gallery


Pottery: Unknown (Probably)




Bowl with ducks, willows and reeds design. Stoneware, thrown, inlaid in black and white slip and celadon-glazed. This shallow bowl is decorated in inlay technique both inside and out. Three chrysanthemum florets in the centre inside are surrounded by double lines and a band of youi-heads, all inlaid in white slip, and around the sides is a pond scene in black and white slip with ducks swimming among willows and clusters of reeds, symmetrically arranged in alternation, and a white scroll border round the rim. On the outside between a scroll border and a border of lotus petals are chrysanthemum medallions reserved in a broad scrollwork (tangch'o) band. The pale glossy bluish-green glaze has partly discoloured on the exterior of the bowl. Three quartzite spur-marks can be seen inside the footring.


History note: Unkno0wn before donor

Legal notes

Given by Dr W.M. Tapp

Measurements and weight

Height: 6.4 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Kangjin-gun ⪼ South Cholla province ⪼ Korea

Acquisition and important dates

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


Koryo Dynasty
13th/14th Century
1250 CE - 1350 CE


The motif of ducks and willows had been popular since the end of the twelfth century, but this particular example which is more stiff and stylised is more likely to date from the end of the thirteenth or beginning of the fourteenth century.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of slip ( white and black)
Glaze composed of celadon glaze
Rim Diameter 20.2 cm
Foot Diameter 6.9 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Stoneware, thrown, inlaid in white and black slip, and celadon-glazed
Glazing (coating)

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.5-1926
Primary reference Number: 16304
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 24 April 2019 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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