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Incense burner with three feet

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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.


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  • The Barlow Collection by the University of Sussex

    The Barlow Collection

    The vessel is of broad pear shape, the widest part somewhat angled, and tapers to a waisted neck with flared rim. It is supported on three low bulging feet which originally ended in points which are now broken off. A light greyish-blue glaze covers the piece, fading to a transparent layer at the rim and pooling to a thick intense mottled blue inside. One half of the outside is streaked with grey, probably from misfired copper, and has two faint purplish splashes. The legs were largely left unglazed, revealing a yellowish-brown biscuit, but the glaze has pooled to thick drops on the base and around the legs, so that the piece had to be broken off its firing support, leaving a rough triangular patch on the underside.

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