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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.188

  • Description

    Ding porcelain dish, with copper-bound rim. The dish has cream glaze. There is a moulded design of five boys, holding lotus flowers, dancing around a lotus leaf in the centre.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1115-1368
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 27 millimetres
    • Diameter: 129 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Yuan 13th-14th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 188

    Dish showing a design of boys holding lotus flowers


    This dish is decorated with a very rare design of five boys holding lotus flowers dancing around a centrally placed lotus leaf. The rim is bound in metal.


    Stoneware with moulded decoration, transparent glaze and metal rim
    Ding ware定窯
    Quyang county, Hebei province河北省, 曲陽縣
    Jin to Yuan dynasty, AD 1115–1368

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1980 p.21, no.52 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case11/sh3

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.188

Ding porcelain dish, with copper-bound rim. The dish has cream glaze.  There is a moulded design of five boys, holding lotus flowers, dancing around a lotus leaf in the centre.

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