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Ding porcelain dish. Creamy white. There are two fish amongst waves on the interior.
- Made in: Quyang (county)
- (Asia,China,Hebei (province),Quyang)
- Height: 31 millimetres
- Diameter: 122 millimetres
Published PDF date : Northern Song 11thC-12thCRoom 95 label text:
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 960–1234
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Object reference number: RRC38609
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