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White ware bowl with floral decoration

  • loan

Glossary (2)

glaze, porcelain

  • glaze

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

  • porcelain

    Ceramic material composed of kaolin, quartz, and feldspar which is fired to a temperature of c.1350-1400ā°c. The resulting ceramic is vitreous, translucent, and white in colour.


    • currently in research collection

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  • The Barlow Collection by the University of Sussex

    The Barlow Collection

    The bowl is incised on the base with the mark Xuanhe. Xuanhe (1119ā€“1125) is the name of the last reign period of the Song dynasty Emperor Huizong (r. 1101ā€“1125), a renowned art lover and one of the most famous rulers of antiquity. The inscription here evokes an idealized past in general, rather than referring to a particular model of that period. Bowls of this type were not made at that time.

    The small bowl has widely flaring sides with a bulbous section above the straight foot. The flaring part is engraved with larger and smaller upright leaves, widely spaced, and the bulbous part with a classic-scroll border. The bowl is monochrome white, with a colourless glaze, but the rim is covered with a yellowish-brown dressing.

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