d. 12.5 厘米
「黑定」是宋代最優質的黑釉之一，定窯黑器極為罕見。碗內壁施亮光黑釉，口沿有約 2 釐米厚的銀帶殘痕，使人聯想到宋代流行的厚銀邊風格。
A Black Ding Tea Bowl
Northern Song Dynasty
d. 12.5 cm
Lam’s Gallery, Hong Kong
Palace Museum, Taipei
The Percival David Foundation, British Museum UK
Of finest quality black glaze of the Song Dynasty, Black wares of the Ding kiln is extremely rare. Cover inside out with glossy black glaze, residue marks of silver band can be seen around the rim with a thickness of approximately 2cm, reminding us the thick banding style that was popular in the Song Dynasty.
The base is unglazed, showing the very fine and white body. The small foot rim is shaped carefully into a fine thin circle.
Tea ceremony is popular among Buddhist temple in Song Dynasty, there is a small numbers of black Ding excavated in northern part of China, some with ink scriptures or letters such as ‘head priest’ written inside the foot rim. The contrast of black and white is often associated with Buddhism, it is possible that these were of a special type of tea bowls ordered by Buddhism Temples of the time.