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Bowl with Peonies

Jin dynasty (1115–1234)
12th–13th century
Porcelain with mold-impressed decoration under ivory glaze (Ding ware)
Diam. 8 in. (20.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 205
Although Ding ware was first produced in north China under the patronage of the Northern Song (960–1127) court, this bowl was made in the twelfth or thirteenth century when northeast China was under the rule of the Jurchen Jin dynasty. The Jurchen were nomads from the northeast who had controlled north China from the twelfth to the thirteenth century, until they were, in turn, overtaken by the Mongol Yuan dynasty (1271–1368).
Marking: None
Benjamin Altman , New York, (until d. 1913; bequeathed to MMA)
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