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Dish with peony design

11th century-early 12th century


Ding ware


  • Details

    Other Title
    Large shallow dish decorated with carved floral design
    Place where the work was made
    Hebei Province China
    Northern Song 960 - 1127 Song dynasty 960 - 1279 → China
    11th century-early 12th century
    Media category
    Materials used
    porcelain with underglaze carved design, rim bound with copper
    6.0 x 30.4 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Gift of Angela Isles 2000
    Not on display
    Accession number

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Ding ware

    Works in the collection


  • About

    Ding ware has been designated one of the 'five great wares' of China since the Song dynasty. One of the first wares known to have been used at the Imperial Court, Ding ware is characterised by its light buff-coloured body, its warm ivory-coloured glaze, and the fluidity of its carved designs. One innovation of Ding wares was to fire pieces upside-down in saggars, a technique which helped prevent warping. To prevent sticking, the mouths of pieces were not glazed: hence the copper rim (as seen on this piece) which is typical of Ding.

    Despite all the technical advances that occurred at the Ding kilns, glazes tended to run in drops that are known in Chinese as 'tear drops' and which attracted the attention of poets. This splendid dish sports typical tear drops on its reverse side.

    Asian Art Department, AGNSW, 17 May 2000

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Hebei Province

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

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