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    PDF.117

  • Description

    Ding porcelain dish, with previously lobed rim cut down and bound with copper. Cream coloured. A different flower spray is incised in each of ten interior panels, with a moulded river bank scene in the centre, including two geese, reeds, flowers, a tree behind a screen and two boys playing on the bank.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 11thC-12thC
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  • Materials

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  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 27 millimetres
    • Diameter: 221 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : 13thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 117

    Dish with a garden scene and copper rim


    Figural scenes are very rarely seen on Ding wares. Here two boys are shown chasing ducks within a garden with a different flower in each of the ten panels in the inner wall. Chinese ceramics are not individually crafted but were made using production line processes. Potting, decorating, glazing and firing were all carried out by different teams of artisans. The social status of these craftsmen was low and few records pertaining to them survive. They were engaged in the agricultural process during part of the year and produced ceramics seasonally. Reusable ceramic moulds sped up production at the Ding kilns encouraging economies of scale.


    Stoneware with moulded decoration, transparent glaze and copper rim
    Ding ware定窯
    Quyang county, Hebei province河北省,曲陽縣
    Northern Song or Jin dynasty, about AD 1050–1234

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 20 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1980 p.21, no.49 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case52-2

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.117

Ding porcelain dish, with previously lobed rim cut down and bound with copper. Cream coloured. A different flower spray is incised in each of ten interior panels, with a moulded river bank scene in the centre, including two geese, reeds, flowers, a tree behind a screen and two boys playing on the bank.

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