A white shallow bowl with ”bi-disc” foot – Tang Dynasty/Five Dynasties

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Sides are steeply rounded with a lipped rim and visible throwing lines. Covered with a clear glaze with a slight greenish tint forming “tear marks” on the outside of the body. Unglazed foot ring, revealing the clay. The recessed center of the foot is partly glazed. This bowl is fired at a high temperature considering the porcelaneous body and high pitch when tapping it. A custom fitted box accompanies this bowl.

These types of bowls were popular tea wares in the Tang dynasty. They were produced in different kilns in Hebei (Ding and Xing), Henan and Shanxi. They were widely exported and have been found at archaeological sites in North Africa and the Middle East.


Period: Tang dynasty/five dynasties - 9th/10th Century

Size: Dia. 15.5 cm, height 4.8 cm

Condition: Very good condition, wear, especially in the well, minor firing flaws, some grit attached to the base and the outside body. No visible cracks or repairs.

Provenance: From a private collection brought together by a Swedish Connoisseur of Art. Making a career first at SIDA (Swedish International Development Cooporation Agency) and then later, he had a long career with the United Nations where he came to work mostly in Sweden, Iran, India, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia and New York for close to 30 years.

SKU: 59

References: Bowl excavated from the Ding kiln site in Quyang County, Hebei Province, illustrated by the Palace Museum in Selection of Ding Ware – The Palace Museum’s Collection and Archaeological Excavation, Beijing 2012, p. 60, no. 16.

Bowl excavated from a Tang tomb in Xingtai City, Hebei Province, illustrated by Zhao and Zhang in Xing Kiln in its Millennium, Beijing, 2007, p. 78.

Shards excavated in the Ding kiln, Hebei Province, illustrated by the Palace Museum (Feng Xiaoqi) in The specimens of ancient Chinese kilns in the collection of the Palace Museum, 2005, p. 227, 228.

More info: Northern white wares