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  • Description

    Ding stoneware cup-stand, with copper-bound rim. Creamy white, with lotus design on interior.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 11thC-12thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 20 millimetres
    • Diameter: 192 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Northern Song 11thC-12thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 107

    Cup stand with incised lotus decoration

    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.

    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 dynasty, about AD 1086–1127


  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 17 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1980 p.12, no.15 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G95/dc10/sh3

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Ding stoneware cup-stand, with copper-bound rim. Creamy white, with lotus design on interior.

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