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Ding porcelain dish, with copper-bound mouth rim. Creamy white. There is a single peony spray in the centre, with a key-fret band on the interior mouth rim.
- Made in: Quyang (county)
- (Asia,China,Hebei (province),Quyang)
- Height: 33 millimetres
- Diameter: 186 millimetres
Published PDF date : Northern Song - Jin 12thCRoom 95 label text:
Dish with carved peonies and copper rim
This dish is incised with flowering peonies with combed textured petals. The base and foot of both are glazed. Between AD 1086 and AD 1127, Ding potters pioneered the technique of fushao 覆燒 (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.
Stoneware with carved decoration and transparent glaze and copper rim
Ding ware 定窯
Quyang county, Hebei province 河北省，曲陽縣
Northern Song dynasty, about AD 1086–1127
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Object reference number: RRC38593
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