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  • Description

    Ding porcelain dish, with a raised edge. Creamy white. There are two fish among waves carved in centre.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 11thC-12thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 26 millimetres
    • Diameter: 183 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : 12th or early 13thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 176

    Dish with incised fish

    Potters incised a design of two fish among waves in the centre of this dish. Chinese people regard paired fish as a rebus (visual pun) for abundance as the words for both fish 魚 and abundance 餘, are pronounced yu. This design was also used at Jingdezhen.

    Stoneware with carved and combed decoration, and transparent glaze
    Ding ware 定窯
    Quyang county, Hebei province 河北省, 曲陽縣
    Northern Song or Jin dynasty, about AD 1050–1234PDF 176





  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 18 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1980 p.20, no.46 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G95/dc10/sh3

  • Acquisition name

  • Department


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Ding porcelain dish, with a raised edge. Creamy white.  There are two fish among waves carved in centre.

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