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Cizhou ware bowl with lotus decoration

  • loan

Glossary (3)

glaze, slip, stoneware

  • 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.

  • 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 bowl is cut down, lacking 1 or 2 cm at the rim, and is now bound in copper. The design would originally have been encircled by a plain white band.

    The piece is heavily potted, with rounded conical sides and a splayed, straight-cut foot. The inside is carved through the white slip with two lotus blooms, two leaves and some foliate motifs, all on a combed background and enclosed by a horizontal line at the rim. The outside is plain, the yellowish beige stoneware is exposed at the lowest part, foot and base. The centre shows a ring of radiating spur marks suggesting that the piece was fired in a stack. There is an accidental unglazed patch below the rim outside.

    A similar piece from the Cizhou kiln site at Guantai in Handan county, Hebei province, is published in the exhibition catalogue Freedom of Clay and Brush Through Seven Centuries in Northern China: Tz’u-chou Type Wares, 960-1600 A.D., Indianapolis Museum of Art, 1980-81, fig.76).

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