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Cup in the form of a shell

  • loan

Glossary (3)

earthenware, glaze, slip

  • earthenware

    Ceramic material made of clay which is fired to a temperature of c.1000-1200⁰c. The resulting ceramic is non-vitreous and varies in colour from dark red to yellow.

  • 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.


    • currently in research collection

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  • The Barlow Collection by the University of Sussex

    The Barlow Collection

    The small cup is asymmetrically shaped, like a shell, with deep grooves across the underside, spiralling to a pointed tip, and three openings of different size, the largest with a channelled spout. The light beige-coloured pottery is covered with dotted sancai (‘three colour’) glazes in deep green, amber-yellow and white, through which comb marks are visible, probably from the application of a slip. The piece is fully glazed and the inside shows three spur marks where it was supported in the kiln, to be fired upside down.

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