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White ware cup with two dragons

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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

    This shape, with dragons curling around the vessel and forming the handles, was also popular in jade and in bronze.

    The deep cup has nearly straight sides and a splayed foot. Two freely modelled dragons are attached on either side as handles, their long scrolling tails curling round the cup, their mouths biting the rim, their claws resting on its sides. Their heads are moulded with protruding eyes, eyebrows and snout, the ears are separately attached, manes incised and prominent spines applied. The vessel is covered with a blue-tinged transparent glaze, except for the rim and the heads of the dragons, which have turned a light brick-red. The piece was fired upside down.

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