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Black ware jar with russet iron glaze

  • loan
  • Details

    Associated place
    Asia China (place of creation)
    1911 - 1968
    Material and technique
    stoneware, thrown, with russet iron glaze
    11 cm (height)
    13 cm (diameter)
    8.6 cm (diameter)
    Material index
    Technique index
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    containervessel jar
    No. of items
    Credit line
    Lent by the Sir Alan Barlow Collection Trust.
    Accession no.
  • Further reading

    University of Sussex, and Arts and Humanities Research Council, The Barlow Collection, supervised by Regina Krahl, Maurice Howard, and Aiden Leeves (Sussex: University of Sussex, 2006), no. C82

Glossary (2)

glaze, stoneware

  • glaze

    Vitreous coating applied to the surface of a ceramic to make it impermeable 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

    The small jar has an unusual shape, an uncommon body colour and rare colour effects of the glaze, as well as an oddly shaped foot and may represent a modern reproduction, vaguely based on a Song dynasty (AD 960–1279) model.

    The squat jar tapers towards an almost solid, tapering foot with extremely low footring and has a wide mouth with a thick rolled rim. A dark brown glaze covers the inside of the jar, and a persimmon-coloured one the outside, in places turning an amber-brown and stopping well above the foot. The exposed body is of purplish-brown colour, the base shows three raised parallel lines (like the character san, ‘three’).

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