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Greenware ewer with chicken head spout

Glossary (5)

glaze, hu, luted, slip, stoneware

  • glaze

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

  • hu

    A Chinese ritual baluster vessel.

  • 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.


    • Ground floor | Room 10 | China to 800

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  • The Barlow Collection by the University of Sussex

    The Barlow Collection

    A similar piece has been excavated from a tomb in Zhejiang dated in accordance with AD 368. The brown spots in the green glaze are characteristic of the production of the Yue kilns during the Eastern Jin period (AD 317– 420).

    The ewer has an ovoid body with a concave base, slender neck with a wide, angular dish-shaped rim. A chicken-head is attached on the shoulder, originally opposite a handle which has been cut down and the remaining small bump carved to look like a tail. Two horizontal lugs are attached between spout and handle, over an incised line. The chicken head is raised on a tall neck and has raised dot-shaped eyes, a crenelated crest and a small tubular spout instead of a beak. The eyes and crest are accentuated in iron-brown and four further brown spots are painted on the rim, aligned with spout, handle and lugs. A smooth greyish-green glaze fully covers the piece except for the lowest part of the sides and the base, where the biscuit has fired a dark brick red and shows patches from firing supports.

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