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Greenware dish with peony decoration

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glaze, stoneware

  • glaze

    Vitreous coating applied to the surface of a ceramic to make it impermeable 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

    Fragmentary pieces similar to this bowl, from the Yaozhou kiln site near Tongchuan in Shaanxi province, are published in Songdai Yaozhou yaozhi/The Yaozhou Kiln Site of the Song Period, Beijing, 1998, pl.LI, fig.5 and pl.LII, figs 1 and 2.

    The bowl is rounded on the inside, conical on the outside, with a distinct ridge halfway up and a slightly flared rim. The outside shows six indentations, faintly visible on the inside. The straight foot is shallow, the base recessed. The inside is carved with a large-scale peony spray with a lush bloom among elegant foliage, neatly arranged to cover a circular area, leaving a broad band around the rim undecorated. The bloom has combed detail, the leaves have incised veins. The outside is simply decorated with radiating strokes around the upper half, ending at a horizontal incised line below the rim. Base and foot are glazed but the footring is unglazed, showing a brown-burnt biscuit with adhering grit.

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