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Greenware bowl with lotus petals

  • loan

Glossary (2)

glaze, stoneware

  • glaze

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

  • stoneware

    Ceramic material made of clay which is fired to a temperature of c.1200-1300⁰c and is often buff or grey in colour.


    • currently in research collection

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  • The Barlow Collection by the University of Sussex

    The Barlow Collection

    Lotus bowls are among the most common Longquan wares and were made over a long period of time, starting in the Southern Song (1127–1279) and continuing into the Yuan (AD 1279–1368). Earlier examples, like the present piece, have wider petals and a finer, blue-green glaze. For a later example, compare the bowl, [LI1301.101], also in the Barlow Collection. Pieces related to the present bowl have been recovered from a hoard in Suining county, Sichuan province, presumably buried around the time the Mongols invaded the area, in 1234, and before the town fell, in 1242.

    The bowl has rounded conical sides with a flat centre, and a narrow tapering foot. The outside is carved with broad overlapping lotus petals in relief. The near-white body is covered with a fine translucent blue-green glaze with an attractive ice-like crackle, leaving the footring exposed in the yellowish-brown biscuit.

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