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Zhangzhou type white ware vase with dragon

  • 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

    Various Fujian kilns, particularly those around Zhangzhou, produced cheaper versions of vessels made by the famous Dehua kilns, further north in Fujian province, which produced fine white porcelains. For Dehua versions of the present design see a piece in the British Museum, London, illustrated in Soame Jenyns, Later Chinese Porcelain, London, 1951, pl.CXX, fig.1.

    The slender pear-shaped vase is supported on a straight foot with low broad footring and the neck, which flares towards the rim, is surrounded by a freely modelled dragon. The animal is coiled around the vase, its head pointing up, represented with applied eyes and snout, and trailing strands of hair, the short slender body with applied hooks down the spine, terminating in a long thin tail, the legs with stamped ring markings to indicate scales. The buff-coloured body bears an opaque cream-coloured glaze.

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