Chinese Southern Song Dynasty Firing Support Ring (AD 1127 - 1279)
A very rare opportunity to acquire a high-fired stoneware stepped firing support ring excavated from a Southern Song Dynasty kiln site in the Jingdezhen area of Jiangxi province. Whereas during the Northern Song Dynasty (AD 960 - 1127) it was the practice of potters to place individual porcelain vessels into their own kiln saggars, during the Southern Song Dynasty (AD 1127 - 1279) the practice was to stack such dishes and bowls upside down separated by a firing ring, thus saving a lot of space allowing more bowls to be fired at the same time. To ensure that the glaze did not fuse to the firing rings, the rims of the bowls, very often Qingbai glazed bowls, were wiped clean of glaze prior to being stacked in their support rings.
Diameter 19 cm (7.5 inches).
Please note that the bowl shown in the images is purely to illustrate how this ring was used - the bowl is not included in this sale.
We also have in stock Northern Song Dynasty Qingbai porcelain dishes and bowls still within their original kiln saggars. To see these search "saggar" on our website.
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