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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.171

  • Description

    Ding porcelain dish, with fluted, copper-bound mouth rim. Creamy white. There is a willow tree with two phoenixes, lotus and a duck on the interior. There is an inscription in centre of the interior and on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 13thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 48 millimetres
    • Diameter: 287 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        On base; On the centre
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        天水郡
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Tianshuijun; Zhao
      • Inscription Translation

        (A place name; a family name)
      • Inscription Comment

        Three characters (a place name) incised on base and the character 'Zhao' (a family name) incised in the centre
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Northern Song 11thC-12thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 171

    Dish with phoenixes


    Reusable ceramic moulds sped up production at the Ding kilns encouraging economies of scale. This dish has a moulded design of phoenixes and willow trees. In the centre the surname Zhao 趙 has been incised into the glaze as a mark of ownership. The base is also incised with an inscription which reads天水郡 (Tianshuijun). 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 moulded decoration, transparent glaze and copper rim mount
    Ding ware 定窯
    Quyang county, Hebei province 河北省,曲陽縣
    Northern Song or Jin dynasty, about AD 1050–1234

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1980 15-16, no.28 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case10/sh1

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.171

Ding porcelain dish, with fluted, copper-bound mouth rim. Creamy white. There is a willow tree with two phoenixes, lotus and a duck on the interior. There is an inscription in centre of the interior and on the base.

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