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Ding or Xing porcelain dish of trilobate form. The dish has ivory glaze. There is an inscription on the base.
- Made in: Hebei (province)
- (Asia,China,Hebei (province))
- Height: 29 millimetres
- Diameter: 134 millimetres
Inscription PositionOn base
Inscription TransliterationKuai ji
Inscription TranslationPalace Accounts Office
Published PDF date : 10th-11th centuryRoom 95 label text:
Lobed dish with inscription
Potters fired this dish, modelled on a silver ware form, within the kiln in a rough, clay container called a saggar. The saggar was lined with sand, which is why traces of grit can be found stuck to its foot ring. Ding wares seldom bear inscriptions except for some high-quality vessels marked 官(guan , ‘official’) or 新官(xinguan , ‘new official’). Although the present dish is of this official quality, its base is instead incised會稽 (kuaiji). 稽 (ji ‘to examine into’) which was then an alternate character for計 (ji ‘to calculate’). 會 may be read hui or kui but is also read kuai . 會計 (kuaiji) is an abbreviation for會計司(Kuaiji si ). Thus the dish was made for the Palace Accounts Office. The characters were incised before firing which precludes the possibility of it being a later inscription.
Stoneware with incised inscription and transparent glaze
Xing or Ding ware邢窯或者定窯
Neiqiu, Lincheng or Quyang county, Hebei province 河北省, 内丘縣, 臨城縣, 或者曲陽縣
Five Dynasties to early Northern Song dynasty, about AD 907–1000
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Object reference number: RRC38591
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