A Dingyao persimmon-glazed six-lobed bowl

北宋 定窯醬釉花口盌

The bowl is of delicately potted open form with rounded sides rising to a rim divided into six equal lobes by shallow triangular notches, supported on a low footrim. The centre of the interior has a small slightly convex circular area. A fine russet-coloured glaze of light metallic sheen is applied inside and out, including the underside of the base, leaving the bevelled footrim unglazed, showing the fine-grained white ware. Around a centimeter below
the rim around the interior and just below the rim on the exterior are dark traces of the original metal rim-binding.

Japanese private collection, purchased from Sugiyama Toju Do, circa 1985-1995

For a Dingyao bowl of similar form with a darker persimmon glaze,  excavated from the Ding kiln site, currently in the collection of the Hebei  Cultural Research Institute, see Ding Ware, The World of White Elegance,  Recent Archaeological Findings, no. 36, pp.162-3, where it is dated to the  Middle Northern Song period.

Persimmon-glazed Dingyao, sometimes called “russet” Ding or “red” Ding is a rare colour variant. The colour and the delicate potting typical of  persimmon Ding wares suggest that the potters’ intention was to imitate contemporary lacquer wares. It is interesting to note the traces of the metal rim still adhering to the bowl below the rim. The tradition of binding fine lacquer and ceramic wares in metal was well established by the Northern Song period. For a discussion of this phenomenon with reference to a persimmon Dingyao bowl of similar size and date but of simple circular form, see Robert Mowry, Hare’s Fur, Tortoiseshell, and Partridge Feathers, no. 14, pp 107-108.

Dimensions: Diameter: 12.7 cm, 5 inches

Date: Northern Song dynasty (960-1127)

Price: Sold