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Black ware bowl with leaf decoration

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Glossary (3)

glaze, slip, stoneware

  • glaze

    Vitreous coating applied to the surface of a ceramic to make it impermeable or for decorative effect.

  • 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

    Bowls of this type were discovered at the Huangpu kiln site in Shaanxi province; see Tangdai Huangpu yaozhi/Excavation of a Tang Kiln-site at Huangpu in Tongchuan Shaanxi, Beijing, 1992, particularly pl.CIII, fig.5. Related pieces have also come to light at the Cizhou kiln site at Guantai in Ci county, Hebei province; see Guantai Cizhou yaozhi/The Cizhou Kiln Site at Guantai, Beijing, 1997, pl.XLI, figs 4 and 5.

    The shallow conical bowl is thickly potted, with a broad rim flange on the outside and a splayed foot with chamfered edge. The outer sides show ridges from trimming. The brownish-buff stoneware body is slipped, but the slip was largely wiped away on the outside, exposing the biscuit. The piece was quickly decorated with six simple leaf sprays created by applying drops of thick black glaze and dipped five times into black glaze, creating five lobes around the rim both inside and outside.

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