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  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Shanxi (made)

  • Date:

    1115-1234 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stoneware, moulded and glazed

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case C, shelf 3

Ding ware was a highly sought-after style of porcelain made in the Ding kilns of the Hebei province, reaching their height of popularity during the Northern Song (960-1127) and Jin (1115-1234) dynasties. Ding wares were of the earliest true porcelains made in China, and were known for their bright white bodies, impermeability and fine texture.

Ding wares were produced as ‘official wares’, for use at court, and were highly esteemed throughout China. This popularity meant that many kilns across China produced wares in imitation, including this dish. It imitates the Ding ware colour and incised decoration, but reveals itself as an imitation by the unglazed ring at its centre which suggests it was fired in a stack to save space in the kiln.

Physical description

Bowl made in imitation of Ding ware. Houzhou ware from Shanxi province.

Place of Origin

Shanxi (made)


1115-1234 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Stoneware, moulded and glazed


Height: 4.3 cm, Diameter: 11 cm

Descriptive line

Bowl in imitation of Ding ware, moulded and glazed stoneware, Huozhou ware, Shanxi province, China, Jin-Yuan dynasty, 1115-1234

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Kerr, Rose. Song Dynasty Ceramics. London: V&A Publications, 2004. p. 50, nos. 45 and 45a.




Moulded; Glazed




East Asia Collection

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