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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.1350-1400⁰c. 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 (1119–1125) is the name of the last reign period of the Song dynasty Emperor Huizong (r. 1101–1125), 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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