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Greenware baluster jar and lid

  • loan

Glossary (3)

glaze, stoneware, waster

  • 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.

  • waster

    Mis-fired pottery of no commercial value that would probably have been discarded by the potter.


    • currently in research collection

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  • The Barlow Collection by the University of Sussex

    The Barlow Collection

    In the Yuan dynasty (1279–1368), as vessels shapes became larger and potting sturdier, new techniques were developed to avoid firing cracks and prevent the pieces from warping. The present jar was potted without a base and then closed by attaching a small dish on the inside. This separately potted base is much thinner than the walls of the jar.

    This jar was bought together with the lamp, [LI1301.278], which was supposed to fit onto the rim of the jar, but is of different material.

    The baluster-shaped jar has a wide rounded shoulder and a splayed neck, and tapers towards the foot which has a broad chamfered edge. The shallow domed cover has a wide flared rim with six foliations, and an incised ring on the top. Otherwise the piece is undecorated. The matt, light green glaze leaves the rim and footring of the jar and the underside of the cover free, the unglazed parts have fired a pale buff to reddish-brown colour.

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