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White ware bowl with two dragons and clouds

  • loan

Glossary (4)

glaze, porcelain, slip, underglaze painting

  • glaze

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

  • 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.

  • underglaze painting

    Painting applied to ceramic material before a transparent, or monochrome or coloured glaze for Islamic objects, is applied. The technique was initially developed in China.


    • currently in research collection

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  • The Barlow Collection by the University of Sussex

    The Barlow Collection

    Anhua (‘hidden decoration’) was a complicated decoration technique used mainly in the Yongle period (1403–1424) and rarely thereafter. The designs are very delicately moulded, probably in slip relief, and are generally visible only when the pieces are held against the light.

    The rounded bowl flares towards the rim and is supported on a straight foot. The inside is decorated in anhua with two dragons and two cloud motifs, impressed and one clearly visible against the light and in slight relief, the other hard to make out. The base is inscribed with a spurious six-character Yongle reign mark in a double ring, inscribed in thin lines in a pale underglaze-blue.

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