Dish with Ducks and Water Plants, Northern Song dynasty (960–1127), early 11th century. Ding ware; porcelain with underglaze carved and incised decoration. H. 5.1 cm (2 in.); diam. 21.6 cm (8 1/2 in.). Lucy Maud Buckingham Collection, 1926.297. Art Institute of Chicago ©2015 The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, 60603-640
Bowl with Mandarin Ducks in a Lotus Pond, Northern Song dynasty, (960–1127), 11th century. Ding ware; porcelain with underglaze carved decoration; metal rim. H. 7.0 cm (2 3/4 in.); diam. 23.1 cm (9 1/16 in.). Unknown, rx17560/147. Art Institute of Chicago ©2015 The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, 60603-640
Bowl with Mandarin Ducks among Leaves and Cattails, Northern Song dynasty, (960–1127), 11th century. Ding ware; porcelain with underglaze carved and incised decoration; metal rim. H. 6.6 cm (2 5/8 in.); diam. 23.7 cm (9 5/16 in.).Lucy Maud Buckingham Collection, 1924.312. Art Institute of Chicago ©2015 The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, 60603-640
Cf. Handbook of Oriental Art, 1933 *Fig. 32, p. 27; Handbook of Oriental Art, 1933 p.27*
Ovoid Vase, 11th-12th century, Song dynasty. Ding ware. Porcelaneous stoneware with black glaze and evenly-spaced russet markings, 14 1/2 x 8 11/16 in. (36.83 x 22.07 cm). Gift of Ruth and Bruce Dayton 2000.33.2. Minneapolis Institute of Arts © 2014 Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
While famous for their white wares, the Ding kilns of north China also produced a variety of brown-and black-glazed ceramics during Northern Song and Jin dynasties. The body of this rare ovoid-shaped vase is a hard, well-refined light-grey clay suggesting a Ding or Ding-type kiln for its origin.
Distinguished by its size, shape, and decoration, the vessel has few recorded counterparts, but its evenly distributed russet markings place it within a broad category of abstract, structured glaze designs emanating from numerous Ding and Cizhou kilns in Hebei, Henan, and Shandong provinces between the eleventh and thirteenth centuries. The tall, ovoid vase was thrown in two sections and luted together after drying. It was then dipped and dried three times in iron-rich glaze, after which the round iron-oxide markings were applied, probably with a brush. Upon drying, the mouth and shoulder area was dipped a fourth time in an iron-rich glaze and decorated with a series of seven circular russet motifs.
Important Cultural Property. Porcelain taibozun or tuluping with Incised Peony Scrolls Design Cut through Underglaze Iron-Coating, Northern Song Dynasty, 11th-12th Century, h.17.3cm. Gift of SUMITOMO Group, the ATAKA Collection. Acc. No. 10655 © 2009 The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka
This shape is known as taibozun or tuluping. The white porcelain body was covered with an iron slip and then the design was carved away. The center of the form has a peony scroll design, while the shoulder and base are decorated with a double flower petal pattern. This form and decorative method were both also employed at the Cizhou kilns during the same period, the early 12th century, although there were differences in the use of white slip. This pot provides a good example for considering the relationship between the two wares. Other similar wares produced include small dishes, jars, and pillows, although compared to classic Ding ware, the clay has a slight gray tint and seems to be coarser.