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Bowl with blue glaze and purple splashes

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.


    • Second floor | Room 38 | China from 800

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  • The Barlow Collection by the University of Sussex

    The Barlow Collection

    Small Jun ware bowls of this form are called ‘bubble bowls’, since the globular form and glossy glaze can create the optical illusion of a soap bubble spanning the rim.

    The well-rounded globular bowl tapers towards the straight foot and has a somewhat pointed base. The opaque light milky-blue glaze fades to a translucent mushroom brown at the rim and ends around the foot in an uneven line, leaving base and much of the foot exposed in the brown-burnt biscuit. The inside is decorated with three uneven splashes of purple glaze which are surrounded by a darker blue halo, with two similar splashes decorating the outside.

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