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Cizhou type vase with two phoenixes

  • loan

Glossary (3)

glaze, slip, stoneware

  • glaze

    Vitreous coating applied to the surface of a ceramic to make it impermeable or for decorative effect.

  • 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.


    • currently in research collection

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  • The Barlow Collection by the University of Sussex

    The Barlow Collection

    The piece is heavily potted, with a pear-shaped body, a tall flared neck with down-turned rim, and a broad, slightly splayed foot. The horizontal luting lines are clearly visible. The yellowish-buff stoneware is exposed on the footring and base and otherwise covered with a white slip and yellow-tinged glaze. The sides are painted in brown with two phoenix in flight, each bearing a flowering sprig in its beak, and a scroll of similar blossoms above, all bordered by spiralling lines, with further lines around the neck. The uppermost and lowest areas were left plain. Inside the neck is an accidental brown splash.

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