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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.159

  • Description

    Ding porcelain dish, with copper-bound mouth rim. Creamy white. There is a three-clawed dragon carved on interior.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1115-1234
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 57 millimetres
    • Diameter: 297 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

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

    PDF 159

    Dish with three-clawed dragon


    This dish is incised with a beautiful design of a dragon inside. The base and foot of both are glazed. Between AD 1086 and AD 1127, Ding potters pioneered the technique of fushao (firing a vessel upside down on its rim). Kiln managers saved on fuel by firing a greater number of pots at one time, stacking them in stepped saggars. The disadvantage was the unglazed mouth rim, cleaned free of glaze to avoid the vessel sticking to the saggar. 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 carved decoration, transparent glaze and copper rim mount
    Ding ware定窯
    Quyang county, Hebei province 河北省, 曲陽縣
    Jin dynasty, about AD 1115–1234PDF 159

    白釉三爪龍紋盤


    此盤內底飾刻劃花龍紋,紋飾精美,器底及圈足滿釉。1086年至1127年,定窯窯工們開創性地使用了將器物口沿向下放置燒窯的覆燒技術。窯工使用階梯式匣缽疊放器物,這樣一次燒窯可以燒造大量的器物,節省了燃料。但覆燒的缺點是,為了避免向下放置的器物口沿與匣缽粘連,口沿處須刮掉釉層,使之成為“芒口”。工匠們以銅片,偶爾也使用金或銀片,切割成合適的尺寸,加熱后包鑲在口沿上來掩蓋這一缺陷。史料記載表明,以金屬包鑲口沿事實上提高了黏土燒成品的地位。


    炻器,刻劃花,透明釉,鑲銅口
    定窯
    河北省曲陽縣
    金代,1115-1234年

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  • Bibliography

    • Pierson 2001 p. 69, no. 66 bibliographic details
    • Hobson 1934 p. 94, pl. XCIII bibliographic details
    • Medley 1980 p.12, no.14, pl. III bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G95/dc9/sh1

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    R. L. Hobson, 1934 records: From the W. C. Alexander Collection. Margaret Medley 1980 records: R. L. Hobson and A Hetherington, "The Art of the Chinese Potter", Pl. 49. PDF Card: Acquired 1931, lot 41 from Sparks for £140.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.159

Ding porcelain dish, with copper-bound mouth rim. Creamy white.  There is a three-clawed dragon carved on interior.

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