Ding porcelain basin, with copper-bound mouth rim. Creamy white. There are carved fish amongst weeds and waves on the interior, and double row of petals on the exterior.
- Made in: Quyang (county)
- (Asia,China,Hebei (province),Quyang)
- Height: 145 millimetres
- Diameter: 295 millimetres
Published PDF date : Northern Song 11thC-12thCRoom 95 label text:
Basin with carved fish
Potters incised a design of two fish among water weeds and waves in the centre of this basin. Chinese people regard paired fish as a rebus (visual pun) for abundance as the words for both fish 魚 and abundance 餘, are pronounced yu.
Stoneware with carved 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
PDF Card: Acquired before 1934.
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Object reference number: RRC38572
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