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White ware bowl with ducks swimming between lotus plants

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.


    • Second floor | Room 38 | China from 800

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  • The Barlow Collection by the University of Sussex

    The Barlow Collection

    The dish has everted sides with a distinct angle, shaped by pressing the piece over a mould after throwing, and a shallow foot with recessed base. The inside was decorated before moulding with two ducks swimming on waves between two lotus plants, each with a flower and a leaf, arranged in a radiating fashion around a small trefoil waterplant in the centre, all quickly incised with single and double outlines and combed details. The rim is outlined by a thin line, the outside is plain. The near-white stoneware is covered with a transparent cream-coloured glaze of fine texture, which also covers the foot, where some fingernail markings show how the piece was held during glazing. The glaze forms characteristic darker yellowish ‘tears’ on the outside. The piece was fired standing on the unglazed rim, which was subsequently bound in copper to hide its raw edge.

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