Ding stoneware ovoid vase. The vase has brown glaze that stops just short of the foot.
- 1000-1127 (about)
- Made in: Quyang (county)
- (Asia,China,Hebei (province),Quyang)
- Height: 178 millimetres
Room 95 label text:
Ding jar with iron-brown glaze
Ding potters manufactured vessels of exquisite quality and pure white bodies, but also with coloured glazes. This example is coated in a solution rich in iron-oxide which, when fired, lends it a toffee-brown colour. Song dynasty writers celebrated black and brown Ding wares in contemporary texts, associating them with luxurious lacquer wares. Shao Bowen 邵伯溫, (AD 1057–1134) described in a passage in the河南邵氏聞見前錄 (Henan Shao shi wenjian qianlu ‘Mr Shao from Henan’s notes on what has been seen and heard’) a visit from the Song Renzong emperor (reigned AD 1022–63) to a concubine, the Lady Zhang, (died AD 1054). The emperor discovered she had accepted a brown-glazed Ding dish as an expensive present from a court official and had concealed it. He was so angry at her corruption and lack of judgement in accepting the gift that he smashed it to pieces.
Stoneware with iron-brown glaze and copper rim
Quyang county, Hebei province河北省, 曲陽縣
Northern Song dynasty, about AD 1000–1127
Medley 1980 records: From the Eumorfopoulos Collection, No. B133. PDF Card: Acquired via North £79.
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Object reference number: RRC38743
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