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Ewer with green glaze

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Glossary (3)

glaze, slip, stoneware

  • glaze

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

  • 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

    Unlike most other polychrome glazed Tang (AD 618–907) ceramics, which are made of earthenware and were used only for burial purposes, this piece is made of stoneware. Since it was fired at a higher temperature, it is dense and hard and therefore fit to be used. It represents a somewhat later development in the Tang dynasty. Wares of this type were much exported to the Middle East.

    The ewer has an ovoid body, a splayed solid foot with flat base, and a wide flaring neck. A short tapering spout is attached opposite a double-stranded loop handle. The buff-coloured stoneware is covered with a white slip and a bright green glaze, unevenly applied in several layers, leaving patches in lighter and others in darker tone, and the lowest part unglazed, with the slip reaching down somewhat further than the glaze.

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