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Dish with two mandarin fish

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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

    This dish does not closely copy an ancient model, but its general shape and design appear to be inspired by the twin-fish dishes of Longquan celadon, where the fish are applied in relief (see Barlow Collection, [LI1301.198]). Underglaze painting was, however, not used for dishes of this type, which date from the Southern Song (1127–1279) or early Yuan (1279–1368) period. The piece is also much heavier, the shape more angular, the outside is decorated with stripes instead of lotus petals, and the ‘twin fish’, which generally are carp, have here become mandarin fish. The piece is made of white porcelain rather than grey stoneware.

    The dish has a flat centre, curved sides with a flat everted rim, and a low tapering foot. The inside is painted in underglaze red with a pair of mandarin fish, the outside shows broad vertical carved stripes. The pale translucent green glaze covers a very white porcelain body, which shines through and is visible at the footring. The base shows firing cracks.

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