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bowl

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1956,1210.22

  • Description

    Porcellanous white bowl with rolled lip. Large treadrops of glaze on the exterior and wheel marks on the interior. Probably made at the Xing kilns. The white flat footring is known as a 'bi' disc foot, after the ancient ritual jade 'bi'. Bowls of this type represent later stages of Ding ware; similar examples have been excavated at Gongxian, Henan province. They were widely exported and have been found at Samarra in Iraq, which previously gave them the name 'Samarra type'.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 618-906
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 6 inches
  • Bibliography

    • Vainker 1991 p.94; fig.68 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G33/Ch/case27

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1956

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1956,1210.22

Bowl. Made of ceramic, stoneware.

Bowl. Made of ceramic, stoneware.

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