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Cizhou ware bowl with peony decoration

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.


    • Second floor | Room 38 | China from 800

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  • The Barlow Collection by the University of Sussex

    The Barlow Collection

    Similar bowls, dated in accordance with 1201 and 1230, respectively, are in the Tokyo National Museum.

    With rounded conical sides and a slightly splayed foot and pointed base, the bowl is thickly covered with white slip and a transparent glaze on the inside and upper half of the outside. The inside is painted over the glaze with a quickly sketched peony spray with a bright red bloom and green foliage, surrounded by four concentric red lines, with another thin line at the rim, the enamels partly covering spur marks in the centre. The lower half of the outside is partly covered with a thin layer of slip, partly exposing the light buff-coloured biscuit.

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