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White ware jar and lid

  • loan

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.


    • currently in research collection

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  • The Barlow Collection by the University of Sussex

    The Barlow Collection

    This distinctive shape, with the sunken cover, is characteristic of the Sui dynasty, as is this fine white stoneware. The Barlow Collection also holds a contemporary tomb figure of a female attendant holding a jar of this form, [LI1301.396.1 and LI1301.396.2].

    The piece is finely potted, of broad pear shape, resting on a wide, slightly tapering, nearly solid foot with broad shallow footring. The slender neck is opening into an angled, cup-shaped mouth with flared rim. The cover is made in corresponding shape, fitting over the rim of the jar, with a pointed knob in the sunken centre. The cream-coloured stoneware bears a transparent glaze with a greenish tinge and a dense crackle, which leaves the underside of the cover and lowest part of the sides, including the base of the jar unglazed, where the smooth body is visible.

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