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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Ding stoneware bowl with copper-bound mouth rim. Creamy white. Pair of ducks with waves and reeds incised on interior.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 960-1127
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 59 millimetres
    • Diameter: 182 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

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

    PDF 100

    Bowl with a pair of mandarin ducks

    The main Ding ware workshops were located in Jianci village, Quyang county, Hebei province, and were in almost constant operation from the early eighth until the mid-fourteenth century. During the first half of the tenth century, Ding wares were often made in the shape of flowers and left undecorated. Later in the tenth and early eleventh century incised and combed designs were created. Pairs of mandarin ducks, as seen on this dish are an emblem of marital bliss.

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


  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1980 p.12, no.16 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2002 p.42, no.19 (and interior) bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G95/dc9/sh4

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    PDF Card: Previous Owners: E. E. Bluett & Son

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  • Registration number


Ding stoneware bowl with copper-bound mouth rim. Creamy white. Pair of ducks with waves and reeds incised on interior.

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