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Ganzhou ware measuring jar for rice

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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.


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  • The Barlow Collection by the University of Sussex

    The Barlow Collection

    Pieces of this form are known as ‘rice measures’, but it is not clear whether this designation refers to the baskets they imitate or to these ceramic copies. The latter would seem to be too small for measuring rice.

    The piece has a globular body with a small flattened base, a somewhat waisted neck and a rolled lip. The outside is decorated with parallel combed lines, in imitation of a wicker basket, the combing centred on both sides and continuing across the underside, the neck with horizontal lines and a row of applied pointed dots of white glaze. The inside and rim are covered in a glaze that mutates from dark brown to persimmon brown, the former at the neck, the latter particularly in the centre inside, while the outside was otherwise left unglazed and shows the brown biscuit.

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