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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.103

  • Description

    Ding stoneware long-necked vase, with copper-bound mouth rim. Creamy white. Carved and incised lotus scroll on body, overlapping petals on shoulder.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 960-1127
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 250 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

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

    PDF 103

    Bottle with carved lotuses and copper rim


    This slim-necked bottle is carved with lotuses and lotus petals, both traditional Buddhist symbols of purity. The shape of the bottle also occurs in contemporary silverware. Archaeologists have discovered evidence which confirms Ding wares were used in Buddhist monasteries in the Northern Song (AD 960–1127) and Liao (AD 916–1125) dynasties to supplement gold and silver vessels for rituals. Dated sites which contain finds of Ding stonewares include several crypts of Buddhist pagodas – the Jingzhi temple淨志寺塔 (AD 977) and the treasury of the Jingzhong residential monastery 淨眾院塔 (AD 995) in Dingxian 定縣 and the Jingguang pagoda 淨光塔 (AD1013) in Shunyi county 順義縣 near Beijing 北京.


    Stoneware with carved decoration, transparent glaze and copper rim
    Ding ware定窯
    Quyang county, Hebei province河北省,曲陽縣
    Northern Song dynasty, AD 960–1127

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  • Bibliography

    • Pierson 2001 p. 28, no. 22 bibliographic details
    • Hobson 1934 p. 87, pl. LXXXVI bibliographic details
    • Medley 1980 p.13, no.20, pl. IV bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case52-2

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    R. L. Hobson, 1934 records: From the Imperial Collection, Peking.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.103

Ding stoneware long-necked vase, with copper-bound mouth rim. Creamy white. Carved and incised lotus scroll on body, overlapping petals on shoulder.

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