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  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    1150-1234 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stoneware, incised and glazed

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of Louis C.G. Clarke

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case B, shelf 4

This dish is an example of Cizhou ware, a type of ceramic made in the northern part of China during the Jin dynasty (1115-1234). The term Cizhou encapsulates a range of wares made in several regions of northern China, often consisting of a stoneware body decorated with a bold design.

This plate has been glazed in a modified version of the sancai colour scheme of the Tang dynasty, known as Song sancai. The outlines of this lively design of ducks swimming in a lotus pond have been carved into the body to avoid the spread of the glazes during firing. The effect is a crisp and bold design in striking colours.

Physical description

Cizhou ware dish with incised duck design

Place of Origin

China (made)


1150-1234 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Stoneware, incised and glazed


Diameter: 14.6 cm

Descriptive line

Dish, incised stoneware with coloured glazes, Cizhou ware, China, Jin dynasty, 1150-1234

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

Kerr, Rose. Song Dynasty Ceramics. London:V&A Publications, 2004. p. 73, no. 72.




Incised; Glazed

Subjects depicted

Duck; Flower




East Asia Collection

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