Porcelain with mold-impressed decoration under ivory glaze (Ding ware)
H. 1 in. (2.5 cm); Diam. 6 3/4 in. (17.1 cm)
Bequest of Mary Stillman Harkness, 1950
Not on view
In an attempt to meet demand from the court and elsewhere, in the twelfth century potters at the Ding kilns began to use molds rather than hand carving for the decoration of ceramics. Vessels created with molds, which produce both shape and design, have denser and more intricate patterns.