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White ware bowl with phoenixes

  • 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

    This shape and design appear to have been popular with several Jiangxi kilns. Similar bowls have, for example, been excavated from the Yonghe kilns in the Ji’an area of Jiangxi (see Zhao Bing, ‘Les imitations de porcelaines de Ding du Xe au XIVe siècle: le cas des officines de potiers de Jizhou au Jiangxi’, Arts Asiatiques, vol.56, 2001, fig.17).

    The conical bowl rests on a very narrow, nearly solid foot with very shallow footring. It is evenly potted, the inside moulded with two phoenixes with spread wing and long tail feathers, curling around the small plain base inside, surrounded by a slanting key-fret border. The blue-tinged glaze leaves the base exposed in the buff-coloured biscuit and shows overall black speckling.

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