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T'ojuhang: C.4-1920

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Unknown (Pottery)


Ten-sided jar with roundels. Porcelain, thrown, shaped, painted in copper-red and glazed. The wide mouth has a rolled rim, the body is ten-sided around the centre, and the foot is low. The sides are decorated with four overlapping double roundels in underglaze copper-red, enclosing simplified representations of birds and clouds, and at the shoulder are four sets of stylised pendant lotus petals in graded lengths. The glaze has a greenish-grey tone with a slight blue tinge, and is evenly applied. The footring and base show traces of a coarse sandy support.


History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Given by Dr W.M. Tapp

Measurements and weight

Height: 21.2 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1920-06-23) by Tapp, W. M., Dr


19th century
Choson Dynasty (1392 - 1910)
Circa 1800 - 1850


This type of multi-faceted red-painted vessel was made in provincial kilns from the second half of the eighteenth to the nineteenth century. It is known as t'ojuhang and would have been used to hold ceremonial rice cakes that were offered to the earth spirits. The red colour was believed to avert evil. A jar from the Ataka Collection, with this design but unfacetted, is illustrated in Sekai Toji Zenshu, vol.19, 1980, pl.201.

Components of the work

Decoration: composed of glaze Rim: Diameter 12.8 cm
Foot: Diameter 9.8 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Porcelain, thrown, shaped, painted in copper-red and glazed
Glazing (coating)

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.4-1920
Primary reference Number: 16519
Catalogue number: 1551
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 January 2021 Last processed: Wednesday 24 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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