BASIN, White porcelain with carved lotus design

Cultural Property Important Cultural Property
Date1 Northern Song dynasty
Date2 11th-12th century
Kiln Ding ware
Height (cm) 12.1
Mouth Diameter (cm) 24.5
Weight (g) 852
Collection The ATAKA Collection
Credit Line The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka (gift of SUMITOMO Group, the ATAKA Collection), photograph by 〓(Please credit the name of the photographer which is indicated at the bottom left of each image)
Accession No. 00495
Description A large basin with a deep, wide base like this piece is called a xin in Chinese. On both the interior and exterior, lotus blossoms are elegantly and delicately carved in the katagiri-bori technique to emphasize the outline and adding combing decoration, as a result producing a faintly appearing decoration of lotus flowers on an ivory white body unique to Ding ware. The body is very light and so thinly potted that one can see the light though the body. The piece was fired upside-down to avoid warping. Since the mouth rim is unglazed in order to prevent the mouth rim from sticking to the kiln ground, this piece has the mouth rim covered with silver band for decorative purpose and protection. Ding ware was used in the court during the Song dynasty and this piece, one of the masterpieces of Ding white porcelain, testifies the quality of the ware.
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