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Huangdao black ware ewer with white splashes

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Glossary (4)

glaze, luted, slip, stoneware

  • glaze

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

  • luted

    The fusion of parts of ceramics using dilute clay slip.

  • 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 is well potted, with an ovoid body, tapering towards a splayed solid foot with chamfered edge and flat base. A flat strap handle with a vertical incised line links the funnel-shaped neck to the shoulder, and a very short conical spout is attached opposite. The smooth, light grey body is covered with a matt dark brown glaze, which turns lighter and glossier near the handle, where it adheres in a thinner layer and ends well above the foot. The lowest part shows the buff biscuit, which on one side has fired brown. The sides are decorated with four large uneven splashes of a milky-beige glaze, one on each side, and one each below spout and handle, with smaller corresponding splashes at the neck both inside and outside.

    A fragment of a related ewer from the Duandian kiln site in Lushan, Henan province, is illustrated in the exhibition catalogue Ceramic Finds from Henan, The University Museum and Art Gallery, Hong Kong, 1997, pl.92.

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