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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.101

  • Description

    Porcelain dish. The dish has a white body and greyish-white glaze, except for the foot ring, base and parts of the exterior near foot. There are tear marks on the exterior, and an incised mark in centre.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1086-1127
  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 38 millimetres
    • Diameter: 184 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        inside
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        趙元好酒
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Zhao yuan hao jiu
      • Inscription Translation

        Zhao Yuan’s good wine.
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : 11th-early 12thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF A101

    Dish with inscription


    This white Ding ware dish has an incised four-character inscription inside which reads 趙元好酒 (Zhao Yuan hao jiu ‘Zhao Yuan’s good wine'). These words refer to the delicious wine which could be bought from the shop of Zhao Yuan as a kind of advertisement.


    Porcelain with incised decoration, and transparent glaze
    Ding ware定窯
    Quyang county, Hebei province河北省, 曲陽縣
    Northern Song or Jin dynasty, about AD 1086–1127

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1980 p.11, no.12 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case10/sh8

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.101

Porcelain dish. White body covered with greyish-white glaze, except foot ring, base and parts of exterior near foot. Tear marks on the exterior. Incised mark in centre.

Porcelain dish. White body covered with greyish-white glaze, except foot ring, base and parts of exterior near foot. Tear marks on the exterior. Incised mark in centre.

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