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Greenware cosmetic box and lid with floral decoration

  • 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

    Related fragmentary boxes and lids from the Yaozhou kiln site are published in Songdai Yaozhou yaozhi/The Yaozhou Kiln Site of the Song Period, Beijing, 1998, col.pl.XI, fig.2, and pls XCIV – XCVII.

    Both box and cover have straight sides, the cover has a wide domed top, and the box tapers towards a broad shallow foot and recessed pointed base. The cover is carved on top with a floral spray with a bloom and two leaves with combed detail, the rest is plain. Inside the box are three small dishes, joined by three stems which radiate from the centre. The green glaze has fired a bluish tone on the outside, where it is now slightly degraded, and an olive-green inside, the rims of both pieces and the footring are left free of glaze, showing the brown biscuit. The base is covered with a thin layer of brown-burnt glaze.

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