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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.164

  • Description

    Ding porcelain dish, with copper-bound mouth rim. Creamy white. There is a lotus scroll with a border of key-fret moulded in the centre, surrounded by a moulded peony scroll bordered by three raised lines. There is an inscription on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 12thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 59 millimetres
    • Diameter: 305 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        On the base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        殿
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Dian
      • Inscription Translation

        Palace
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Late 13thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 164

    Dish with peony scroll


    This dish has a dense moulded peony scroll decoration in the inside. The base is incised 殿 (dian ‘palace’).


    Stoneware with moulded decoration, transparent glaze and copper rim mount
    Ding ware 定窯
    Quyang county, Hebei province 河北省, 曲陽縣
    Jin dynasty, AD 1115–1234

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1980 p.22, no.54 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case10/sh1

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.164

Ding porcelain dish, with copper-bound mouth rim. Creamy white.  There is a lotus scroll with a border of key-fret moulded in the centre, surrounded by a moulded peony scroll bordered by three raised lines. There is an inscription on the base.

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