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Greenware funerary vase with peonies

  • loan

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 tall ovoid vase rests on a slightly splayed solid foot with concave base. The tall neck flares to a wide angular dish-shaped mouth with everted lip, and is flanked by two lugs formed of moulded flower motifs attached to the shoulder and joined to the neck by horizontal studs. The shoulders are incised with four simple pendant foliate motifs, the flower-shaped lugs are exquisitely moulded in relief as peony flowers, the petals with delicate veins and the surrounding space finely stippled. The near-white stoneware body is covered with a pale translucent green-tinged glaze which adheres in a thicker green layer around the shoulder. The base is largely glazed but the foot shows six large unglazed patches from firing supports. The lip shows eight unglazed patches where a cover had been placed during firing, which is now missing.

    A funerary vase and cover of different form and design but with similar lugs is published in Zhu Boqian, Longquan yao qingci/Celadons from Longquan Kilns, Taibei, 1998, no.42.

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