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White ware fang hu, or rectangular vase

  • loan

Glossary (3)

glaze, hu, stoneware

  • glaze

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

  • hu

    A Chinese ritual baluster vessel.

  • 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 small vase is of rectangular section, following an archaic bronze form (fang hu). With pear-shaped body and tapering foot, the piece has a double raised rib at the shoulder, two squared tubular lugs at the sides and corresponding elongated holes in the foot beneath, for inserting a ribbon or cord. The stoneware, which is probably cream-coloured, but now stained, bears an opaque cream-coloured glaze with an overall crackle, all stained yellowish, and with darker browish patches.

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