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Ding porcelain bowl, with copper-bound mouth rim. The bowl is ivory glazed. There are lotus scrolls on the exterior. There is an inscription on the base.
- Made in: Quyang (county)
- (Asia,China,Hebei (province),Quyang)
- Height: 76 millimetres
- Diameter: 165 millimetres
Inscription PositionOn the base
Inscription Translation(A hall name)
Inscription CommentTwo characters huayuan (a hall name) incised on base
Published PDF date : 12thCRoom 95 label text:
Bowl with copper–bound mouth rim and inscription
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 定窯
Quyang county, Hebei province 河北省, 曲陽縣
Northern Song or Jin dynasty, about AD 1100–1200
On display: G95/dc10/sh8
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Object reference number: RRC38595
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