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White ware ewer and lid with floral decoration

  • loan

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

    The piece vaguely follows the style of qingbai vessels of the Song dynasty (AD 960–1279), but does not copy it closely.

    The ewer is of pear shape, constricted in the middle to form two bulges, and rests on a straight foot. The straight neck is hidden under a tall cover with a dragon-like creature as knob. The slender curved spout has attached knobs, vaguely suggesting the eyes, beak and crest of a creature, and the flat handle has three grooves and a curled-up end. The piece is decorated in slip relief with a key-fret border on the cover, a curly scroll on the upper part of the body and a lotus scroll on the lower part. The somewhat opaque green-tinged glaze leaves the inside of the cover, the neck, base and inside of the foot exposed in the beige biscuit.

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