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Greenware vase with lotus decoration

  • loan

Glossary (2)

glaze, stoneware

  • glaze

    Vitreous coating applied to the surface of a ceramic to make it impermeable 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

    This classic shape is in the West often referred to as a yenyen (or yanyan) vase, but the term that does not seem to have a Chinese equivalent.

    The piece is heavily potted, with a baluster-shaped body and trumpet-shaped neck, a raised collar at the shoulder, and the wide foot has a broad chamfered edge. The neck is decorated with horizontal ribs, the upper part of the body is incised with an undulating lotus scroll, and the lower part carved in relief with overlapping lotus petals with fine combing. The light green glaze has in the lower part misfired to an olive-brown, the unglazed footring is reddish brown.

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