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    Ding porcelain bowl, with a lobed, copper-bound mouth rim. Creamy white. There are two ducks amongst reeds, lotus and waves on the interior.

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    • 12thC
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    • Height: 89 millimetres
    • Diameter: 235 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : 12thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 192

    Bowl with mandarin ducks

    Pairs of mandarin ducks, as seen on this dish are an emblem of marital bliss. Craftsmen used sheet copper and occasionally gold or silver, cut to size and heated to fit the rims to hide this flaw. Historical accounts suggest that dressing the rim with metal actually enhanced the status of the clay vessel.

    Stoneware with carved, incised decoration, transparent glaze and copper rim mount
    Ding ware定窯
    Quyang county, Hebei province 河北省, 曲陽縣
    Song dynasty, about AD 1100–1200


  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1980 p.17, no.33 bibliographic details
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    Medley 1980 records: From the Eumorfopoulos Collection (16 & B41) via Bluett £260. Purchased by Sir Percival David from Bluett & Sons on 29th May 1940. Listed in Bluett & Sons Sales Day Book (SDB) vol. 17, p.264, Lot 126. £260. Purchased by Bluett's at Sotheby's, George Eumorfopoulos Sale.

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Ding porcelain bowl, with a lobed, copper-bound mouth rim. Creamy white. There are two ducks amongst reeds, lotus and waves on the interior.

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