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  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    1050-1125 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr. and Mrs. W.W. Simpson through Art Fund support

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 145, case 32, shelf 3

This dish is an example of Ganwa ware. Dishes of this type were made in remote areas of Inner Mongolia during the Liao dynasty (907-1125), using a modified version of the three-colour decorated sancai ceramic technology of the preceding Tang dynasty (618-906).

Wares such as these were made for everyday use and were much more free-spirited in form and surface design than wares made at Imperial kilns for the elite.

Physical description

Dish with incised, moulded and colour-glazed design.
Decoration of a lotus and two dragonflies.

Place of Origin

China (made)


1050-1125 (made)



Materials and Techniques



Diameter: 30.2 cm

Descriptive line

Dish, incised and moulded stoneware with colour glazes, Ganwa ware, Inner Mongolia, Liao dynasty, late 11th-early 12th century

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

Kerr, Rose. Song Dynasty Ceramics. London:V&A Publications, 2004. p. 66, no. 62.

Labels and date

Dish with incised lotuses
Northern China, Ganwa kilns, Liao dynasty, 1050-1125, stoneware, with green and brown glaze over slip
The lotus - with its roots in mud, its stem in water and its flower in the air above - represents spiritual rebirth and purity.
Museum no. C.198-1914, given by Mr and Mrs W.W. Simpson through The Art Fund [2009]

Production Note

Ganwa ware from Inner Mongolia (Kerr 2004: 62)




Incised; Glazed; Moulded


Stoneware; Ceramics; Household objects


East Asia Collection

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