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Greenware narcissus bowl with animal mask feet and begonia decoration

  • loan

Glossary (4)

glaze, luted, slip, stoneware

  • glaze

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

  • luted

    The fusion of parts of ceramics using dilute clay slip.

  • 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

    With rounded sides and an incurved rim, the very heavy basin has a separately made disc-shaped base attached underneath, where it was supported during firing, and stands on three animal-mask feet. The masks are carved in relief with prominent eyes, eyebrows, and a raised dot on the forehead, the mouth seemingly biting a paw. The sides are decorated with a deeply carved begonia scroll, the blooms with hatched centre, on a combed ground. Two rows of applied star-shaped bosses are applied on a raised rib above and a groove below. The inside has an impressed roundel of cash diaper enclosing swastica motifs and an indistinct four-character inscription. The yellowish-green glaze leaves a large area inside and on the underside free of glaze, the base is inscribed in ink with the characters zhu yi (‘recorded, one’) in regular script and another character in concept script.

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