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Tripod dish with marbled decoration

  • loan

Glossary (4)

earthenware, glaze, luted, slip

  • earthenware

    Ceramic material made of clay which is fired to a temperature of c.1000-1200⁰c. The resulting ceramic is non-vitreous and varies in colour from dark red to yellow.

  • 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.

  • 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

    For wares such as this, clays of two different colours were kneaded together.

    The dish is of shallow rounded form, the everted rim has a sharp edge on the inside and a raised lip, and the piece is supported on three short stud-shaped legs, which are attached at an angle. It is made of a beige-coloured and a reddish-brown clay, kneaded together to form a marbled pattern that is arranged in concentric bands. The inside, outer sides and patches around the legs are covered with a transparent, yellow-tinged glaze, but the underside has been left free of glaze.

    Many fragments of similar marbled clay have been discovered at the Gongxian kiln sites; see Huangye sancai yao/Three-colour Glazed Pottery Kilns of the Tang Dynasty at Huangye, Beijing, 2000, passim.

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