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Ding stoneware meiping vase. Thrown in three parts, joins discernible at the neck and halfway down the creamy white body. Decorated with carved and incised designs of overlapping petals and a peony scroll.
- Made in: Quyang (county)
- (Asia,China,Hebei (province),Quyang)
- Height: 365 millimetres
Published PDF date : Northern Song 11thC-12thCRoom 95 label text:
Meiping vase with carved peonies
The runny ivory-coloured Ding glaze on this 梅瓶 (meiping ‘plum-blossom vase’) dribbles in streaks, like tears. The glaze fills the double outlines of the incised and combed design of peony flowers with overlapping lotus petals around the foot. At this time, Ding potters worked with kilns shaped like giant 饅頭 (mantou ‘steamed bread buns’). Potters used coal as fuel and the sulphur content of the coal, combined with the oxidising atmosphere of the kiln, gave the ceramics an ivory tone. Officials offered high-quality products such as this vase as tribute to the Northern Song court.
Stoneware with carved decoration and transparent glaze
Quyang county, Hebei province河北省，曲陽縣
Northern Song dynasty, AD 960–1127
R. L. Hobson, 1934 records: From the Shen Zhifu (Shen Chih-fu) Collection, Peking. PDF Card: Alexander Collection (this piece was purchased from the Alexander Collection via Sparks). PDF Card: Acquired 1931 for £140.
Object reference number: RRC38520