Basin with Lotus Decoration

Period: Northern Song dynasty (960–1127)

Date: 11th–12th century

Culture: China

Medium: Porcelain with carved and incised decoration under ivory glaze (Ding ware)

Dimensions: H. 4 1/2 in. (11.5 cm); Diam. 9 3/4 in. (24.8 cm)

Classification: Ceramics

Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Samuel T. Peters, 1926

Accession Number: 26.292.98


The lively lotuses, leaves, and stems that fill the interior of this basin were carved and incised by hand prior to the glazing and firing of the basin. Because of their thinness, these wares are often fired upside down to spread weight and prevent distortion. The metal rim covers the part of the bowl that was left unglazed for firing.