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Greenware tripod incense burner

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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

    This piece is highly unusual in several ways: it is very heavy; the shape, which appears to be a hybrid between a tripod incense burner and a flower pot with pierced base, does not seem to be functional; the glaze is unusually opaque; the handles are strangely shaped and surprisingly thin in relation to the otherwise sturdy potting; and the legs do not have the well-known paw shape and are oddly hollowed out underneath. Yet the type has close counterparts from a documented historical context and appears to represent a late product of the Longquan kilns.

    The piece is heavily potted, with a globular body with pierced base, straight neck and everted rim. It has a low, narrow circular foot, but is supported on three bulbous legs, which are sturdily potted and hollowed out on the inside, with small feet. Thin D-shaped handles are attached on either side. The glaze is unusually opaque, almost like Jun ware, of a light, milky-green tone, the undersides of the legs and the circular foot are revealing a brown-burnt biscuit. The glaze has burst open in the firing near one foot.

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