A SMALL MOLDED DING DISH
PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF ARTHUR B. PARDEE, PHD.
A SMALL MOLDED DING DISH

JIN DYNASTY (1115-1234)

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A SMALL MOLDED DING DISH
JIN DYNASTY (1115-1234)
The center of the interior is molded with a rhinoceros shown recumbent on a rock amidst wind-tossed waves, its head turned to look at the crescent moon and constellations above, all below bands of foliate scroll and key fret in the well. The dish is covered inside and out below the copper-bound rim with a glaze of slightly dark ivory tone that continues over the narrow foot ring to cover the base.
5 7/8 in. (15 cm.) diam.

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Lot Essay

It is rare to find the ‘rhinoceros gazing the moon’ scene on Ding wares. Compare two Jin dynasty Ding dishes molded with the same scene but with rhinoceros on the left side of the composition, in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, illustrated by by Tsai Meifen, Decorated Porcelains of Dingzhou: White Ding Wares from the Collection of the National Palace Museum, Taipei, 2014, pp. 177-78, nos. II-116-17. It is interesting to note that second dish in the National Palace Museum has the same key-fret and foliate borders as the present dish.

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