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White ware ewer and lid surmounted by a seated lion

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Glossary (4)

glaze, luted, porcelain, slip

  • 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.

  • porcelain

    Ceramic material composed of kaolin, quartz, and feldspar which is fired to a temperature of c.1350-1400⁰c. The resulting ceramic is vitreous, translucent, and white in colour.

  • slip

    A semi-fluid clay applied to a ceramic before glazing either to coat the surface or for decorative effect.


    • currently in research collection

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  • The Barlow Collection by the University of Sussex

    The Barlow Collection

    Although this ewer may have been inspired by Song dynasty (AD 960–1279) qingbai wares, its shape, with its very thin spout with straight tip, thin bridge to the neck, weak handle, and the flat modelling of the lion finial are all incompatible with an early date.

    The pear-shaped ewer is of oval section, with circular neck and oval foot, thin spout with straight bridge to the neck, and a curved handle of uneven shape, with a deep groove. The domed cover has an everted rim and a seated lion as knob. The piece is made of fine white stoneware, covered with a transparent, blue-tinged glaze and firing orange where exposed in the firing. Both sides are incised with a flower spray and the cover with scroll elements. The rim, footring and underside of the cover are unglazed.

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