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Bowl in the form of an alms bowl

  • loan

Glossary (3)

earthenware, glaze, slip

  • earthenware

    Ceramic material made of clay which is fired to a temperature of c.1000-1200⁰c. The resulting ceramic is non-vitreous and varies in colour from dark red to yellow.

  • 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.


    • currently in research collection

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  • The Barlow Collection by the University of Sussex

    The Barlow Collection

    Sancai (‘three colour’) glazed pottery was revived in the late Ming (1368–1644) and Qing (1644–1911) dynasties for burial purposes and roof ornaments. This piece, which is extremely heavily potted, the inside only slightly hollowed out, appears to represent a model of an alms bowl rather than a functional piece.

    The bowl is of depressed globular shape, with a large opening on top and rounded underneath, with no distinct base or foot. The buff pottery is covered with a white slip and an overall bright green glaze. The underside shows three long bar-shaped spur marks applied in radiating fashion, alternating with uneven patches under the glaze, and thick drops of glaze, which have partly broken off.

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