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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.163

  • Description

    Ding porcelain dish with six lobes. White.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 11thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 32 millimetres
    • Diameter: 155 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : 11th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 163

    Dish with six-lobed rim


    Potters modelled this dish on a silver ware form. The base and foot of both are glazed. The main Ding ware workshops were located in Jianci village, Quyang county, Hebei province, and were in almost constant operation from the early eighth until the mid-fourteenth century. In the Tang dynasty (AD 618–907), the area was called Dingzhou prefecture which is why their products are known as Ding wares. Ding wares were often made in the shape of flowers and left undecorated.


    Stoneware with transparent glaze
    Ding-type ware
    Shanxi province 山西省
    Northern Song dynasty, about AD 1000–1100

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  • Bibliography

    • Hobson, Rackham & King 1931 p. 11, Fig. 15 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1980 pp 10-11, no.9 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case9/sh6

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    Hobson, Rackham and King 1931 record in the W.C. Alexander Collection. PDF Card: Acquired in 1931 via Sotheby lot 35 (2) Sparks £65.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.163

Ding porcelain dish with six lobes. White.

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