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early 12th century


Ding ware


  • Details

    Other Title
    Ding ware dish with design of lotus
    Place where the work was made
    Hebei Province China
    Northern Song 960 - 1127 Song dynasty 960 - 1279 → China
    early 12th century
    Media category
    Materials used
    porcelain with underglaze carved design, rim bound with copper
    4.3 x 19.7 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Bequest of Kenneth Myer 1993
    Lower Asian gallery
    Accession number

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    Artist information
    Ding ware

    Works in the collection


  • About

    The first of the classic wares to receive the patronage of the Northern Song court, Ding ware is distinguished by its thin white body, its warm, ivory-coloured glaze and the fluent beauty of its carved and incised decoration. The glaze has a tendency to pool in drops that Chinese poets have eloquently described as 'tear drops'. The Ding kilns are credited with several innovations in ceramic technology, including the method of firing upside-down (called 'fushao'), which stopped the thinly potted, larger dishes from warping but also necessitated the application of a copper band to the unglazed rim. So subtle is the design on Ding ware that photographs still cannot do justice to the fluent beauty of its carved designs and the sensuous tactility of its glaze.

    'Ding ware', The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.104.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Hebei Province

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

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