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Greenware narcissus bowl with four feet in the form of ruyi sceptres

  • loan

Glossary (4)

glaze, luted, slip, stoneware

  • glaze

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

  • luted

    The fusion of parts of ceramics using dilute clay slip.

  • 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 feet of this piece are shaped like the top of ruyi sceptres, talismans believed to bestow good luck. Ruyi means ‘as you wish’ and the ruyi sceptre derives its shape from the longevity fungus (lingzhi).

    The small piece is thickly potted with curved sides, a rounded flange at the rim and a flat flange above a low circular foot around which four ruyi-shaped feet are attached, on which the piece rests. The base is slightly convex, with a circular concave patch in the centre. The piece is undecorated except for the moulded relief of the feet. The grey stoneware is thinly covered with a grey-green glaze, which leaves much of the centre inside and the base exposed in the biscuit.

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