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Black ware meiping, or plum blossom, vase

  • loan
  • Details

    Associated place
    Asia China (north) (place of creation)
    11th - 12th century (1001 - 1200)
    Song Dynasty (AD 960 - 1279)
    Material and technique
    stoneware, thrown, with brown iron glaze; unglazed base; glazed rim
    22.2 cm (height)
    13.3 cm (diameter)
    at base 8 cm (diameter)
    Material index
    Technique index
    coveredcoated glazed,
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    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. C344

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 vase is fairly thinly potted, with sloping, angled shoulder, tapering sides, splayed foot, straight narrow neck and everted rim. The buff stoneware is covered with a yellowish-brown glaze which leaves the foot, base and a narrow band above the foot unglazed.

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