Bulb bowl with purple and blue glazesOn display
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The base of this bowl is marked with the number six, indicating its size. Bowls were made in different sizes according to the halls in which they were used.
Bulb bowl with purple and blue glazes
Material and technique
stoneware, with opaque blue and purple glazes; gold lacquer repair; yellow-brown glaze on base; glazed rim
Dimensions7.3 cm (height)
20 cm (diameter)
No. of items
Bequeathed by J. Francis Mallett, 1947.
Museum locationSecond floor | Gallery 38 | China from AD 800
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Glossary of terms
Vitreous coating applied to the surface of a ceramic to make it impermeable or for decorative effect.
Chinese and Japanese lacquer is made from the sap of the lacquer tree, which is indigenous to Eastern China. It is applied to wood as a varnish or for decorative effect. In India and the Middle East, lacquer is made from the deposit of the lac insect.
Ceramic material made of clay which is fired to a temperature of c.1200-1300⁰c and is often buff or grey in colour.
Wood, Nigel, Chinese Glazes: Their Origins, Chemistry and Recreation (London: A & C Black and University of Pennsylvania Press: Philadelphia, 1999), p. 120, illus. p. 120