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A select catalogue of the Barlow collection of Chinese Ceramics, Bronzes and Jades by the University of Sussex (published Sussex, 2006).

The Barlow Collection by the University of Sussex

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Jar with amber glaze

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  • Literature notes

    This form is the classic shape of the Tang dynasty (AD 618–907) storage jars for burial. Such jars usually had a matching cover, which in this case is lost.

    The ovoid jar flares very slightly towards the flat base and has a short flared neck. The pinkish-beige pottery body bears a white slip and an amber-yellow glaze which on the inside covers only the neck, and on the outside ends in an uneven line well above the base, which is also unglazed, with a single streak reaching down all the way. The glaze has a distinct crackle and varies in tone, being deeper where it was applied twice, particularly at the shoulder, and brighter, where it covers a double layer of white slip, which can be seen through the glaze, running down in uneven streaks. On the unglazed areas the slip has largely peeled off. The glaze shows some blemishes, where the piece came in contact with another before or during firing.
  • Details

    Associated place
    AsiaChina Henan province (Gongxian kiln-sites) (place of creation)
    Date
    7th - 8th century AD (AD 601 - 800)
    Tang Dynasty (AD 618 - 907)
    Material and technique
    earthenware, thrown, covered in white slip under an amber glaze; unglazed base; glazed rim
    Dimensions
    21 cm (height)
    22 cm (diameter)
    at base 11 cm (diameter)
    Material index
    Technique index
    coveredcoated glazed,
    Object type index
    containervessel jar,
    No. of items
    1
    Credit line
    Lent by the Sir Alan Barlow Collection Trust.
    Accession no.
    LI1301.38
  • Further reading

    University of Sussex, and Arts and Humanities Research Council, The Barlow Collection, supervised by Regina Krahl, Maurice Howard, and Aiden Leeves (Sussex: University of Sussex, 2006), no. C3

Glossary (3)

earthenware, glaze, slip

  • earthenware

    Ceramic material made of clay which is fired to a temperature of c.1000-1200⁰c. The resulting ceramic is non-vitreous and varies in colour from dark red to yellow.

  • glaze

    Vitreous coating applied to the surface of a ceramic to make it impermeable or for decorative effect.

  • slip

    A semi-fluid clay applied to a ceramic before glazing either to coat the surface or for decorative effect.

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Publications online

  • The Barlow Collection by the University of Sussex

    The Barlow Collection

    This form is the classic shape of the Tang dynasty (AD 618–907) storage jars for burial. Such jars usually had a matching cover, which in this case is lost.

    The ovoid jar flares very slightly towards the flat base and has a short flared neck. The pinkish-beige pottery body bears a white slip and an amber-yellow glaze which on the inside covers only the neck, and on the outside ends in an uneven line well above the base, which is also unglazed, with a single streak reaching down all the way. The glaze has a distinct crackle and varies in tone, being deeper where it was applied twice, particularly at the shoulder, and brighter, where it covers a double layer of white slip, which can be seen through the glaze, running down in uneven streaks. On the unglazed areas the slip has largely peeled off. The glaze shows some blemishes, where the piece came in contact with another before or during firing.
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