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White ware baluster jar and lid

  • loan

Glossary (2)

glaze, porcelain

  • glaze

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

  • porcelain

    Ceramic material composed of kaolin, quartz, and feldspar which is fired to a temperature of c.1350-1400⁰c. The resulting ceramic is vitreous, translucent, and white in colour.


    • currently in research collection

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  • The Barlow Collection by the University of Sussex

    The Barlow Collection

    Fragmentary white porcelain jars and covers of related form but much larger size have been excavated from the Xuande (1426–1435) stratum of the waste heaps of the Ming imperial kilns at Jingdezhen.

    The jar is of baluster form, with wide bulging shoulder tapering in a curve towards the flat base which has a chamfered edge. The short, splayed neck has an emphasized rim flange, which holds a domed cover with everted, slightly upturned rim and onion-shaped knob. The jar shows turning marks around the sides. Both parts are covered with a smooth milky-white glaze with a distinct blue tinge on the inside of the jar, but neutral on the outside. The base and underside of the cover are unglazed, showing the white body. The cover is inscribed underneath in black ink wen wei nan lou (‘suitable for the southern pavilion’).

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