Jar with ivory glaze
China, Ding kilns
Glazed stoneware with incised decoration
Museum no. C.37-1935
Purchased from the Eumorphopoulos Collection with the assistance of The Art Fund, the Vallentin Bequest, Sir Percival David and the Universities' China Committee.
The whitewares of northern China, called Ding ware, have an ivory glaze. The harmonious proportions and subtle lotus design of the jar are characteristic of the Song period (960-1279), which is widely considered a high point in world ceramic production. Ding ware is one of the Five Great Song Ceramics - the five types made in this period that were highly prized by later Chinese collectors.