Stoneware with iron-oxide slip and glaze (Cizhou-type ware)
H. 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm); Diam. 3 in. (7.6 cm)
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1960
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 205
“Oil-spot” decoration is created by applying an iron-rich slip to the stoneware body of a vessel and then covering the slip with an iron-rich glaze. During firing, the glaze melts and separates and an iron-rich layer forms that bubbles to the top to create the dramatic and lush design.