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Greenware bowl with lotus leaves and a tortoise

  • loan

Glossary (3)

glaze, slip, stoneware

  • 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.

  • 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

    The well-rounded bowl has a narrow tapering foot and pointed base, and a widely flaring rim with has been bent down in six places, to suggest a curled leaf. The inside has been incised with veins to depict a lotus leaf, a central raised boss has been turned into a tiny tortoise by application of slip to indicate head, tail, legs and markings of the carapace. The translucent, dark green glaze is highly glossy and watery and forms a thick glassy layer in the down-curved areas of the rim; in between and on the base, where it has drained away and is very thin, it has fired a yellowish-brown, which forms an interesting contrast to the green. The outside is undecorated and has an attractive crackle. The footring is also yellowish-brown.

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