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Water dropper: C.439-1984

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Current Location: Gallery 29 - Korean Gallery


Pottery: Unknown




Water dropper in the form of a haet'ae. Porcelain, moulded, incised, painted in cobalt-blue and glazed. This water dropper has the shape of a seated haet'ae, a mythical animal believed to be able to extinguish fires. A hole on the back of the animal serves for filling and another in its mouth for pouring water onto an inkstone. The pupils of the eyes and the mane are emphasised in underglaze-blue. A pale bluish glaze evenly covers the piece. The base is flat and the piece was fired on a fine sandy support.


History note: From the collection of Matsubara Junichi

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


18th Century-19th Century#
Choson Dynasty (1392 - 1910)
Circa 1750 - 1850


This piece was probably made at the end of the eighteenth or the beginning of the nineteenth century at Punwon-ri.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of glaze
Water Dropper composed of porcelain Height 7.6 cm Length 12.5 cm

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.439-1984
Primary reference Number: 16498
Box number: 85
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 January 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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