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    Ding stoneware bowl with metal-bound rim. The bowl has black glaze.

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    • 11thC-12thC
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  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 185 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

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

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    Black glazed tea bowl with copper rim

    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 glossy ink-black colour. Song dynasty writers celebrated black and brown (see case 12) Ding wares in contemporary texts, associating them with luxurious lacquer wares. The presence of Ding wares in monastery treasuries, palaces and noblemen’s tombs testifies to their high status.

    Stoneware with iron-black glaze and copper rim
    Ding ware定窯
    Quyang county, Hebei province河北省, 曲陽縣
    Northern Song dynasty, about AD 1000–1127


  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 15 bibliographic details
    • Wood 1999 p. 155 bibliographic details
    • Hobson 1934 p. 84, pl. LXXXIII bibliographic details
    • Krahl & Harrison-Hall 2009 p.12, Fig.3 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1980 p.16, no.31, pl. V bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989A p.30, no.8 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989B p.42, no.25 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2002 p.44, no.22 (left) bibliographic details
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    R. L. Hobson, 1934 records: From the Collection of Sung To-de, Shanghai. Reputed to be an example of black Ting ware and to have been given by the Emperor Kuang Hsu to Mr Sung's uncle, the Imperial Tutor.

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