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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.161

  • Description

    Ding porcelain dish, with eight lobes and copper-bound mouth rim. White. There are two moulded peacocks, an ornamental rock and peonies in the centre, with flower scrolls on each interior panel and a band of key-fret on the rim.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 960-1234
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 25 millimetres
    • Diameter: 215 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : 13thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 161

    Lobed dish with peacocks and peonies in a rockery


    From the mid-eleventh century, potters used reusable, intricately-carved, intaglio moulds which sped up the production process. Ding potters continued making ceramics with incised designs but during the foreign Jin (AD 1115–1234) and Yuan dynasties (AD1279–1368) impressed designs were most common. Kiln supervisors enlarged the volume of production further by introducing saggars (clay fire boxes) with stepped sides, so that the kilns could fire more wares at a time, stacking them on their rims one above another in increasing sizes.


    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 to Jin dynasty, about AD 960–1234

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Colour pl. 27 and p. 308 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2001 p. 50, no. 44 bibliographic details
    • Hobson 1934 p. 91, pl. XC bibliographic details
    • Medley 1980 p.20, no.48, pl. VII bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2002 p.43, no.21 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989a pp 28-29, no.7 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc10/sh4

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    R. L. Hobson, 1934 records: From the W. C. Alexander Collection. Purchased by Sir Percival David from Bluett & Sons on 7th May 1931. Listed in Bluett & Sons Sales Day Book (SDB) vol. 13, p.317, Lot 16. £160. Purchased by Bluett's at Sotheby's 6th May 1931 - William Cleverly Alexander Sale.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.161

Ding porcelain dish, with eight lobes and copper-bound mouth rim. White. There are two moulded peacocks, an ornamental rock and peonies in the centre, with flower scrolls on each interior panel and a band of key-fret on the rim.

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