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Flask: C.437-1984

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Current Location: Gallery 29 - Korean Gallery


Pottery: Unknown (Uncertain)




Flattened flask with bamboo design. Porcelain, moulded, luted, painted in iron-brown, and glazed. This typical seventeenth-century flask has a flattened moon-shaped body, narrow waisted neck and broad oval foot that was separately made and joined to the body. Each side is painted in underglaze iron-oxide with short stems of bamboo in shaded tones of brown. The glaze is tinged with blue. The footring shows traces of fine sand from the firing support.


History note: Unknown before donor

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Gompertz Gift

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century, Mid#
Choson Dynasty (1392 - 1910)
Circa 1630 CE - 1660 CE


Such flasks were probably used at outings and picnics. This one was probably made in the kilns at Sondong-ri which were active from 1640 to 1649, or at Songjong-ri, around 1650.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of glaze
Flask composed of porcelain Height 20.1 cm
Rim Diameter 3.7 cm
Foot Diameter 8.8 cm

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.437-1984
Primary reference Number: 16429
Box number: 82
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 8 February 2017 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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