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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.41

  • Description

    Ru-type porcelain test ring sample. The sample has a buff coloured body with thin translucent blue-grey glaze. There are three tiny spur marks on one side and an inscription on the other.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1900-1935
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 89 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

        Inscription incised through the glaze
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Date uncertain, 20thC.Room 95 label text:

    PDF A41

    Inscribed and dated test piece for Ru glaze


    Acknowledged as a fake now, this test piece for Ru glaze with gilded inscription was for many years hailed as genuine. The inscription on this ring has been translated ‘on the fifteenth day of the third moon of the first year of the Da Guan period (9 April 1107), Xiao Fu, Vice Minister of the Imperial Household and Superintendent of the Imperial Porcelain Manufactory at Ruzhou supervised the mixing of this celadon glaze and the firing of this first test piece.’ Its existence testifies to the importance of true Ru ware within the Chinese tradition.


    Stoneware with incised inscription, celadon glaze and gilding
    Ru-type ware
    China
    Dated equivalent to AD 1107 but Republican period, about AD 1911–1949

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  • Bibliography

    • Riddell 1979 p.31, no.6 bibliographic details
    • Yorke Hardy 1953 p.34, no.A41 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1999 p.62, no.A41 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case2/sh8

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.41

Ru-type porcelain test ring sample of buff coloured clay with thin translucent blue-grey glaze. Three tiny spur marks on one side and inscription on the other.

Ru-type porcelain test ring sample of buff coloured clay with thin translucent blue-grey glaze. Three tiny spur marks on one side and inscription on the other.

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