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Cizhou ware jar with floral decoration

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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

    Pieces of this form and of similar design have been discovered at the main Cizhou kiln site at Guantai in Ci county, Hebei province; see Guantai Cizhou yaozhi/The Cizhou Kiln Site at Guantai, Beijing, 1997, col.pls VI, fig.3, and XIV, figs 2 and 3 left. Compare also a meiping vase with a similar design in the Barlow Collection, [LI1301.189].

    The barrel-shaped jar has a wide mouth and a low, slightly splayed foot. The coarse yellowish-beige stoneware has been covered with a white slip, unevenly applied in a single layer on the inside, and a double layer at the inside rim and the outside. The outside is painted with three leaf sprays in black slip, and except for lowest part, the whole piece is covered with a transparent glaze. One patch on the outside is stained reddish from burial in red earth. The base bears later ink markings.

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