Ding stoneware bowl, with six-lobed sides and copper-bound mouth rim. Creamy white. Floral motif in centre, with a peony spray on each of the six interior panels.
- Made in: Quyang (county)
- (Asia,China,Hebei (province),Quyang)
- Height: 82 millimetres
- Diameter: 230 millimetres
Published PDF date : 12thCRoom 95 label text:
Dish with peonies
This bowl has six-lobed sides and a copper-bound mouth rim. There is a flower in the centre and a peony spray on each of the six interior panels. 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
Quyang county, Hebei province 河北省, 曲陽縣
Northern Song or Jin dynasty, about AD 1100–1200
On display: G95/dc9/sh2
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Object reference number: RRC38525
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