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Changsha ware bowl in the form of an alms bowl

  • loan

Glossary (2)

glaze, stoneware

  • 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.


    • currently in research collection

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  • The Barlow Collection by the University of Sussex

    The Barlow Collection

    Related bowls and dishes were made in southeastern China in the 5th and 6th century AD, see Zhongguo taoci quanji [Complete series on Chinese ceramics], vol.4, Shanghai, 2000, pls 200 and 217, but the present piece appears to be a later version from the Changsha kilns.

    The globular bowl is shaped like an almsbowl, with flat base and incurved rim. It is undecorated and covered overall with a yellowish-green glaze which has slightly degraded and discoloured through burial in red earth. It was fired standing on five small bar-shaped spurs, with another piece placed inside it, raised on four dot-shaped spurs, all of which have left marks in the glaze.

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