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Black ware wine bottle with 'tea-dust' glazes

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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.


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  • The Barlow Collection by the University of Sussex

    The Barlow Collection

    This technique of painted decoration in brown on brown did not lend itself for fine detail. Inscriptions were therefore rarely attempted. The inscribed character xi on this vessel, literally meaning ‘a mat’ and in an extended sense, ‘a feast’ or ‘entertainment’, documents the use of this piece as a wine container. A jar in the Shanghai Museum, decorated in a similar way with large-scale motifs, is inscribed with a date equivalent to 1318 (Zhongguo taoci quanji [Complete series on Chinese ceramics], vol.10, Shanghai, 2000, pl.199).

    The tall ovoid bottle has well-rounded sides with a very low, narrow neck with emphasized rim flange, flanked by two double-stranded loop handles. The base is slightly recessed and curves towards a low footring. The sides show strong horizontal turning marks. The overall dark olive-green ‘tea-dust’ glaze is matt and densely crazed, painted in dark brown with a large flower spray on one side, a smaller lotus spray below one handle, a leaf spray on the reverse, and the character xi (‘for entertainment’) under the other handle, the base is largely glazed, with much grit adhering to the edge, the underside of the foot unglazed showing the buff-coloured body.

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