Ding porcelain dish, with copper-bound mouth rim. Creamy white. There is a dragon amongst clouds in the centre, with a classic scroll on the interior rim. There is an inscription on the base.
- Made in: Quyang (county)
- (Asia,China,Hebei (province),Quyang)
- Height: 25 millimetres
- Diameter: 212 millimetres
Inscription PositionOn the base
Inscription Translation(A palace name)
Published PDF date : 12thCRoom 95 label text:
Dish with copper–bound mouth rim
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. The incised inscription on base reads奉華 (feng hua). Fenghua is the name of a city in northern Zhejiang province.
Stoneware with carved and incised 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
On display: G95/dc10/sh6
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Object reference number: RRC38535
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