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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.
- Made in: China
- Diameter: 89 millimetres
Inscription CommentInscription incised through the glaze
Published PDF date : Date uncertain, 20thC.Room 95 label text:
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
Dated equivalent to AD 1107 but Republican period, about AD 1911–1949
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Object reference number: RRC39304
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