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Greenware or qingbai ware funerary vase with lid surmounted by a dog

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Glossary (4)

glaze, luted, slip, stoneware

  • 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.

  • 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

    This vase, although in principle similar to funerary vessels made by the Longquan kilns, is made of a porcellaneous stoneware, covered with a smooth, translucent blue-green glaze of very fine texture and colour, which shows the white body underneath and has some translucent crackle. It was probably made by a different south-Chinese kiln centre, perhaps in Jiangxi province.

    The tall vase is heavily potted, the ovoid body with a thick splayed foot and tapering towards the rim in three bulging sections. The lowest one is applied with five tubular sockets. The domed cover has an everted rim and a small, freely modelled dog applied as knob. The animal is depicted reclining, its head raised, one paw outstretched, one leg angled, and the tail curled up. The underside of the cover, rim and base of the vase are remaining is the biscuit, which has turned a light reddish-brown.

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