Ding ware dish with foliate rim and carved decoration of lotuses

Historical period(s)
Jin dynasty, 12th century
Porcelain with transparent ivory-toned glaze
Ding ware
H x Diam (overall): 3.1 x 26.4 cm (1 1/4 x 10 3/8 in)
China, Hebei province, Ding kilns
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


China, Ding ware, Jin dynasty (1115 - 1234), lotus, porcelain

To 1917
You Xiaoxi, Shanghai, to 1917 [1]

From 1917 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from You Xiaoxi, Shanghai in 1917 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]


[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 2574, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
You Xiaoxi (C.L. Freer source) late 19th-early 20th century


This Ding-ware dish with a wide, flat surface and flanged rim was formed in a mold. The dish bears a carved motif based on the lotus, incorporating blossoms and leaves pivoting in gentle symmetry around a single seed-pod in the center. The flanged rim has been pressed in at eight places to create a foliate outline, and the flange is decorated with incised spiral scrolls. The upturned edge of the rim, on which the dish rested for firing, is unglazed and may once have been concealed by a metal binding.

Published References
  • Kobayashi Tai'ichiro. Toso no hakuji [T'ang and Sung white wares]. Toki zenshu, no. 12 Tokyo. pl. 39.
  • Hai wai i chen [Chinese Art in Overseas Collections]. Taipei, 1985. vol. 3: p. 87.
  • Oriental Ceramics: The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. vol. 10, pl. 25.
  • Toki Zenshu. 32 vols., Tokyo, 1957 - 1963. pl. 39.
  • Grace Dunham Guest. Chinese Porcelain at the Freer Gallery of Art. vol. 20, no. 1 Columbus, Ohio, January 1941. p. 23, fig. 3.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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