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Greenware lobed ewer and lid with floral decoration

  • loan

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

    The ewer copies a Koryŏ dynasty (AD 918-1392) celadon piece, but the potting is clumsy, the glaze colour too intense, and the dark slip inlay has the wrong colour.

    The ovoid ewer has ten-lobed sides with a broad shallow footring, a flat top with raised rim and a domed, slightly ten-lobed cover with a cylindrical section to hold it in place and a twisted loop as knob. The curved spout and handle are both fairly thick, the latter has a thick loop which ends in a tiny curl. The piece is inlaid with a lotus spray on each lobe with white blooms and buds and dark green stems and foliage, enclosed between petal borders with stamped rings at the shoulder and foot, which are also repeated on the cover, also inlaid in white and dark green. The glaze is of intense olive-green tone, forming bubbles where it adheres in a thicker layer, around rim and base. The base is glazed, the footring unglazed, showing a brown-burnt body, with three large rough patches from firing supports.

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