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Ding ware vase
1936,1012.26
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Ding wares are characterized by a finely potted, lightweight body and a warm, ivory-coloured glaze. The most common shapes are bowls and dishes. Early Ding wares were decorated by incising, but in the late eleventh and early twelfth century, potters began to use moulds, which allowed mass production. This vase is a comparatively rare shape for Ding ware, because it was difficult to make the neck so long and slender. Similarly-shaped vases based on silverware forms were also produced at the Ru and Guan kilns during the Song dynasty (AD 960-1278). Elegance of form and subtlety of glaze were hallmarks of imperial taste at this time.

History of the Object
Connoisseurs include Ding wares among the 'five great wares' of Song-dynasty China, along with Ru, Jun, Guan and Ge. They were made at the Ding kilns in Hebei province in northern China, from the eighth century until the thirteenth or fourteenth century. They were popular in the imperial palace in the Northern Song period (AD 960-1126), which was the high point of their production.

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Type
Ceramics 
Materials
Porcelain 
Measurements
Height 21.9 cm.  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Quyang, Hebei province, Northern China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 12th century ~ AD 13th century 
Creation date
12th Century - 13th Century; 1115-1234 (Song dynasty) 
Function
Decorative 
Acquisition
Purchased from George Eumorfopoulos in 1936. 
Copyright
Copyright Trustees of the British Museum 
Acknowledgements
J. Harrison-Hall, 'Ding and other whitewares of northern China' in Pottery in the making: world-8 (London, The British Museum Press, 1997), pp. 182-87 S.J. Vainker, Chinese Pottery and Porcelain, (London, The British Museum Press, 1991) J. Rawson (ed.), The British Museum Book of Chinese Art (London, The British Museum Press, 1992) 
Owner
British Museum 
Museum
British Museum 
Credit line
Purchased with the assistance of public subsription from the George Eumorfopoulos Collection 

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