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  • Museum number

    PDF.181

  • Description

    Ding stoneware mould. There are floral and fruit motifs in the centre of the convex side, with phoenixes and flowers. There is an inscription on the concave underside.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1184
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 54 millimetres
    • Diameter: 219 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        on underside
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大定二十四年 四月廿六日王陞記□自造
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Dading ershisi nian si yue ershiliu ri Wang Sheng ji □ zizao
      • Inscription Translation

        Made on the 26th day of the fourth month of Dading [1184] by Wang Shengji himself
      • Inscription Comment

        The missing character is a signature so it is indecipherable.
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Jin 12thC (1184)Room 95 label text:

    PDF 181

    Mould for making Ding wares


    From the mid-eleventh century, potters used reusable, intricately-carved moulds which sped up the production process at the Ding kilns. This one is carved with flowers and fruits and on the underside is an incised inscription which dates the mould to AD 1184. It reads 大定二十四年 四月廿二十六日王陞記□自造 (Dading ershisi nian si yue ershiliu ri Wang Sheng ji □ zizao ‘Made on the 26th day of the fourth month of Dading [1184] by Wang Shengji himself’.) The missing character is a signature so it is indecipherable.


    Carved stoneware
    Ding ware定窯
    Quyang county, Hebei province 河北省, 曲陽縣
    Jin dynasty, dated equivalent to AD 1184

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Colour plate, no. 7, p. 305 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1980 p.20, no.47 bibliographic details
    • Riddell 1979 p.72, no.45 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case10/sh9

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.181

Ding stoneware mould. There are floral and fruit motifs in the centre of the convex side, with phoenixes and flowers. There is an inscription on the concave underside.

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