Ding porcelain bowl, with copper-bound mouth rim. Creamy white. There are ducks amongst lotus and waves on the interior, with a floral motif on waves in the centre.
- Made in: Quyang (county)
- (Asia,China,Hebei (province),Quyang)
- Height: 74 millimetres
- Diameter: 234 millimetres
Published PDF date : 12thCRoom 95 label text:
Bowl with mandarin ducks
Inside this bowl is incised with mandarin ducks amongst lotus and waves, with a floral motif on waves in the centre. Pairs of mandarin ducks 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 the unglazed mouth rim. Historical accounts suggest that dressing the rim with metal actually enhanced the status of the clay vessel.
Stoneware with carved and incised decoration, transparent glaze and copper rim mount
Quyang county, Hebei province 河北省, 曲陽縣
Jin dynasty, about AD 1115–1234
Medley 1980 records: From the Eumorfopoulos Collection, B.55, C.125
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Object reference number: RRC38605
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