Ding stoneware bowl, with lobed and copper-bound mouth rim. Creamy white, with incised dragon and peony scroll on interior.
- Made in: Quyang (county)
- (Asia,China,Hebei (province),Quyang)
- Height: 67 millimetres
- Diameter: 138 millimetres
Published PDF date : Northern Song 11thC-12thCRoom 95 label text:
Dish with dragon and peony scroll
This dish is incised with a beautiful design of a dragon and peony inside. 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 incised decoration, transparent glaze and copper rim mount
Quyang county, Hebei province 河北省, 曲陽縣
Northern Song or Jin dynasty, about AD 1000–1200
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Object reference number: RRC38524
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