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  • Museum number


  • Description

    Ding porcelain dish, with copper-bound mouth rim. Creamy white. There is a lotus scroll on the interior. There is an inscription on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 12thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 29 millimetres
    • Diameter: 165 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Transliteration

  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Jin 12thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 184

    Dish with copper–bound mouth rim

    The base and foot of both are glazed. Between AD 1086 and AD 1127, Ding potters pioneered the technique of fushao (firing a vessel upside down on its rim). Kiln managers saved on fuel by firing a greater number of pots at one time, stacking them in stepped saggars. The disadvantage was the unglazed mouth rim, cleaned free of glaze to avoid the vessel sticking to the saggar. 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. The two-character inscription incised on the base reads華苑 (huayuan).

    Stoneware with incised 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 1050–1234PDF 184





  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1980 p.17, no.36 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G95/dc10/sh3

  • Acquisition name

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Ding porcelain dish, with copper-bound mouth rim. Creamy white.  There is a lotus scroll on the interior. There is an inscription on the base.

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