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Black ware storage jar with loop handles

  • 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

    Jars of this type were made for centuries for storing and transporting food or other commodities and were generally produced in south China, close to the port cities.

    The heavy ovoid jar has an angle at the shoulder, four horizontally applied loop handles and a waisted mouth with rounded rim flange. The base is concave. The light beige-coloured body is covered on the outside only with a dark brown glaze, which stops above the base and was wiped from the groove around the mouth for better adhesion of a covering device, with which it would have been sealed.

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