Feb 26, 2020
Feb 26, 2020
Feb 26, 2020

Ding Ware Bowl of the Xing Type with Bi-Disc Foot

Ding Ware Bowl of the Xing Type with Bi-Disc Foot

907–60

White stoneware with ivory-white glaze

Overall: 4.7 x 18.5 cm (1 7/8 x 7 5/16 in.)

Nancy F. and Joseph P. Keithley Collection Gift 2020.186

Did you know?

The bowl’s foot-ring is shaped like a Neolithic bi,璧, a flat jade disc with a central circular hole, which had some ritual function.

Description

An ivory-colored glaze covers this shallow bowl with a solid flat foot ring, revealing an almost pure white body. Bowls of this type and shape were used for drinking tea and were traded as far as Samarra (modern Iraq). Red tea consumed during the Tang dynasty (618–906) was believed to look best in pale green or white-glazed bowls. When white whisked powdered tea was introduced a century later during the Song dynasty (960–1279), tastes and aesthetics for tea ceramics changed and dark-glazed teabowls were preferred.

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