Bowl with “Oil-Spot” Design
Jin dynasty (1115–1234)
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
“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.
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