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Jar with amber glaze

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Glossary (3)

earthenware, glaze, slip

  • earthenware

    Ceramic material made of clay which is fired to a temperature of c.1000-1200⁰c. The resulting ceramic is non-vitreous and varies in colour from dark red to yellow.

  • 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.


    • currently in research collection

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  • The Barlow Collection by the University of Sussex

    The Barlow Collection

    This form is the classic shape of the Tang dynasty (AD 618–907) storage jars for burial. Such jars usually had a matching cover, which in this case is lost.

    The ovoid jar flares very slightly towards the flat base and has a short flared neck. The pinkish-beige pottery body bears a white slip and an amber-yellow glaze which on the inside covers only the neck, and on the outside ends in an uneven line well above the base, which is also unglazed, with a single streak reaching down all the way. The glaze has a distinct crackle and varies in tone, being deeper where it was applied twice, particularly at the shoulder, and brighter, where it covers a double layer of white slip, which can be seen through the glaze, running down in uneven streaks. On the unglazed areas the slip has largely peeled off. The glaze shows some blemishes, where the piece came in contact with another before or during firing.

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