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Cizhou type incense burner with four lions

  • loan

Glossary (4)

glaze, luted, slip, stoneware

  • glaze

    Vitreous coating applied to the surface of a ceramic to make it impermeable or for decorative effect.

  • luted

    The fusion of parts of ceramics using dilute clay slip.

  • 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

    The globular bowl has five-lobed sides and a straight (cut-down) rim. It is carved in high relief with frilly flower petals with incised details, the indents are clearly visible on the inside. It is supported on a tall, hollow stem, from which four lions appear to emerge, their front paws resting on a wide waisted plinth. The animals are roughly formed by hand, with ears and paws separately attached and details incised and pricked. The off-white stoneware bears a white slip and a transparent glaze with a greenish tinge. Spiralling grooves from shaping can be seen inside the bowl. The footring remained unglazed and is rough, with grit adhering from the firing supports, and some patches on the foot were accidentally left without glaze. The piece is cut down and may originally have had an everted rim.

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