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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • 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





  • Bibliography

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

    On display: G95/dc10/sh6

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

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