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  • Description

    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.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 11thC-12thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 365 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

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

    PDF 101

    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
    Ding ware定窯
    Quyang county, Hebei province河北省,曲陽縣
    Northern Song dynasty, AD 960–1127PDF 101





  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Colour pl. 6 and p. 305 bibliographic details
    • Hobson 1934 p. 86, pl. LXXXV bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989a p.25, no.5 bibliographic details
    • Krahl & Harrison-Hall 2009 p.32, no.8 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989b p.40, no.23 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2002 p.43, no.20 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1980 pp 11-12, no.13, pl. I bibliographic details
    • Oriental Ceramic Society 1971 pp 73-74, no.63 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G95/dc52/s2

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    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.

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