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Ding porcelain bowl, with copper-bound mouth rim. Creamy white. There is a dragon in centre, with lotus scrolls on the interior and exterior.
- Made in: Quyang (county)
- (Asia,China,Hebei (province),Quyang)
- Height: 47 millimetres
- Diameter: 170 millimetres
Published PDF date : 12thCRoom 95 label text:
Bowl with dragons
This rare bowl is carved with a design of dragons inside with flowering plants outside. 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
Quyang county, Hebei province 河北省, 曲陽縣
Northern Song dynasty, about AD 1086–1127
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Object reference number: RRC38533
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