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Ding porcelain dish, with copper-bound mouth rim. Creamy white. There is a moulded lion-dog with ball and floral scrolls in the centre, bordered by a band of key-fret. A band of dragons among clouds with a band of key-fret is moulded on the interior rim.
- Made in: Quyang (county)
- (Asia,China,Hebei (province),Quyang)
- Height: 44 millimetres
- Diameter: 178 millimetres
Published PDF date : 12th-13thCRoom 95 label text:
Dish with lion dogs and dragons
This dish is beautifully moulded with a design of lion dogs chasing beribboned balls and with dragons in the cavetto. 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 moulded 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 1115–1234
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Object reference number: RRC38534
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