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White ware bowl with dragons

  • loan

Glossary (2)

glaze, porcelain

  • 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.


    • currently in research collection

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  • The Barlow Collection by the University of Sussex

    The Barlow Collection

    This bowl is imitating anhua, the ‘hidden decoration’ developed in the early Ming period (1368–1644), but the technique used is not correct, nor has the remarkable effect of the originals been achieved, where the design becomes properly visible only when the piece is held against the light.

    The wide rounded bowl has a slightly recessed centre inside and a flared rim, the foot is straight. The inside is decorated in relief with two pairs of dragons with lingzhi-shaped clouds between and another cloud in the centre. The decoration around the sides has relief outlines and incised detail to imitate anhua. The outside is undecorated except for a band of incised petal panels above the foot.

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