LL 6628


Plate, with upside-down firing and mould-impressed decoration, the whole of the design in raised motifs: the centre, enclosed in a key pattern circle, composed of two carps rising in the water; the remainder of peonies, all within a bold triple-lining. Rim bound with copper rim-band. As moulding became popular in representing fish on ding ware (made in Dingzhou) in the late Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127 AD), the size of the fish became smaller, as compared with early carved examples, in which the motif occupied the well and the side of the bowl.