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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.191

  • Description

    Ding porcelain dish. Creamy white. There are two fish amongst waves on the interior.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 960-1234
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 31 millimetres
    • Diameter: 122 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Northern Song 11thC-12thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 191

    Dish with fish among waves


    Potters incised a design of two fish among waves in the centre of this dish. Chinese people regard paired fish as a rebus (visual pun) for abundance as the words for both fish 魚 and abundance 餘, are pronounced yu. This design was also used at Jingdezhen. 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 and combed decoration, transparent glaze and copper rim mount
    Ding ware 定窯
    Quyang county, Hebei province 河北省,曲陽縣
    Northern Song or Jin dynasty, about AD 960–1234PDF 191

    白釉雙魚波濤紋盤


    此器器心刻劃雙魚,徜徉于波濤之中。中國人將雙魚視作富足的象徵,因“魚”與“餘”諧音。這種紋飾在景德鎮也有燒造。工匠們以銅,偶爾也使用金或銀包鑲口沿來掩飾這一缺陷。史料記載表明,以金屬包鑲口沿事實上提高了黏土燒成品的地位。


    炻器,刻劃及篦劃花,透明釉,鑲銅口
    定窯
    河北省曲陽縣
    北宋或金代,960-1234年

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1980 p.16, no.29 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G95/dc10/sh6

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.191

Ding porcelain dish. Creamy white. There are two fish amongst waves on the interior.

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