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Black ware bowl

  • loan



  • porcelain

    Ceramic material composed of kaolin, quartz, and feldspar which is fired to a temperature of c.1350-1400⁰c. The resulting ceramic is vitreous, translucent, and white in colour.


    • currently in research collection

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  • The Barlow Collection by the University of Sussex

    The Barlow Collection

    The bowl is vaguely reminiscent of Song dynasty (AD 960–1279) tea bowls, but the material is much finer and the glaze much glossier.

    The bowl is extremely heavily potted, with curved conical sides, a groove below the flared rim, and a straight, nearly solid foot with a well-cut low footring. The inside and outside are covered with a glossy, even, smooth brownish-black glaze, which ends above the foot and leaves the lowest part, foot and base exposed in the biscuit. The biscuit has fired a light brownish-yellow tone and was covered with a dark brown coating which has partly flaked off. The rim is bound in copper.

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