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Greenware tripod incense burner with ruyi decoration

  • 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 vessel may have been modelled after a Song dynasty (AD 960–1279) incense burner, but its proportions are not known from that period, the legs are two thin and sharply pointed, and the glaze colour and texture are incorrect.

    The cylindrical vessel has an inward turned rim and rests on three triangular feet with outward curved tips. The piece bears two horizontal incised lines around the centre and the feet are engraved with a ruyi-like motif. The olive-green glaze leaves only the tips of the feet and an uneven patch on the base free, where the reddish-burnt body is visible.

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