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Black ware jar with blue splashes

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  • Details

    Associated place
    AsiaChina Henan province (place of creation)
    8th - 9th century AD (AD 701 - 900)
    Tang Dynasty (AD 618 - 907)
    Material and technique
    stoneware, thrown, with brown iron glaze and blue splash glaze decoration; unglazed base; glazed rim
    28.5 cm (height)
    24.1 cm (diameter)
    at base 12.6 cm (diameter)
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    containervessel jar
    No. of items
    Credit line
    Lent by the Sir Alan Barlow Collection Trust.
    Accession no.
  • Further reading

    University of Sussex, and Arts and Humanities Research Council, The Barlow Collection, supervised by Regina Krahl, Maurice Howard, and Aiden Leeves (Sussex: University of Sussex, 2006), no. C378

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

    The large ovoid jar is very heavily potted, resting on a short splayed, solid foot and surmounted by a short flared (replaced) neck. The smooth buff-coloured stoneware is glazed in a dark brown and covered with overall light blue to beige-coloured splashes, running down in uneven streaks, on one side almost obscuring the brown glaze underneath, but leaving it largely plain on the reverse. The lowest part and base have been left free of glaze, the body has fired a glossy dark brown on one side and a buff colour on the other, while it is grey on the base.

    A similarly glazed jar fragment from the Dayaodian kiln site in Neixiang, Henan province, is published in the exhibition catalogue Ceramic Finds from Henan, The University Museum and Art Gallery, Hong Kong, 1997, cat.no.94.

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