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Greenware dish with two fish

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Glossary (2)

glaze, stoneware

  • glaze

    Vitreous coating applied to the surface of a ceramic to make it impermeable 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.


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  • The Barlow Collection by the University of Sussex

    The Barlow Collection

    The glaze colour on this piece is the result of misfiring, probably due to oxidization in the kiln. The desired ideal would have been a bluish green, derived from reduction-firing. The best colours were achieved by the Longquan kilns in the Southern Song period (1127–1279); in the Yuan dynasty (1279–1368), firing was on the whole less well controlled.

    The deep rounded dish has a flat everted rim and a tapering foot. Two small sprig-moulded fish are applied in the centre and the outside is carved with slender lotus petals in relief. The glaze has misfired to an intense yellowish brown, and the unglazed footring is of similar colour.

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