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Bowl

Asian Art

On View: Asian Galleries, West, 2nd floor (China)
This bowl is a superb example of the luscious white glaze produced at the Ding-ware kilns in northern China. These highly refined ceramics were among those presented to the Northern Song court and prized by elite collectors. Ding potters pioneered the technique of firing a vessel upside down on its rim, thereby spreading the weight of these delicate bowls in order to prevent warping and distortion. A copper or silver band was then fitted to the mouth of the bowl that had been left unglazed during the firing. It is one of a very small number of large-scale Dingware bowls still surviving.
MEDIUM Porcelain with glaze
  • Place Made: Hebei, China
  • DATES 960-1127
    DYNASTY Northern Song Dynasty
    PERIOD Song Dynasty
    DIMENSIONS 5 x 9 5/8 in. (12.7 x 24.5 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS Asian Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Asian Galleries, West, 2nd floor (China)
    EXHIBITIONS
    ACCESSION NUMBER 47.219.20
    CREDIT LINE Anonymous gift
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Bowl, 960-1127. Porcelain with glaze, 5 x 9 5/8 in. (12.7 x 24.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Anonymous gift, 47.219.20. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 47.219.20_SL1.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 47.219.20_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Bowl: lipped mouth that flares slightly; deep belly that contracts down; shallow splayed foot. Billowing waves patterns on bottom of interior. Incised decoration of 4 interlocking blossoms of peony flowers on interior wall. 2 groups of interlocking lotus flowers on exterior wall. Clear glaze covers the vessel's interior and exterior. Rim and circular foot are unglazed. Glaze is a lime glaze with less than 1% iron. Fired within an oxidizing atmosphere, the glaze is a white glaze with a yellow tone. Daily used ware. Condition: Intact.
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