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Black ware jar with ten trigrams

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Glossary (2)

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.


    • currently in research collection

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  • The Barlow Collection by the University of Sussex

    The Barlow Collection

    The piece bears a very long dedicatory inscription, which is largely obliterated by the thick glaze. It probably includes the cyclical date guiyou, which might refer to the year 1693, or to the equivalent year in an earlier or later 60-year cycle. Similar vase shapes are known from porcelains of the Kangxi period (1662–1722). The piece is very roughly made, with little attention to detail. Instead of the Eight Trigrams – Daoist symbols consisting of eight different combinations of three broken and unbroken lines – an assortment of ten was used on the present piece.

    The jar is exceedingly heavily potted, of tall ovoid shape with flat base, and tall waisted neck. The rough brown stoneware is covered with a thick and opaque, mottled glaze or dark brown ‘tea-dust’ colour, which stops above the base. The piece is decorated by incising with two narrow borders around the shoulder, one filled with scrollwork, the other containing ten trigrams, with another larger scroll border above the foot, and the area between inscribed in vertical lines, between three vertical bands of scrollwork.

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