Bottle in Meiping Shape with “Tortoiseshell” Glaze


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 205

One of many glaze effects re-created in Japan and in the West, “tortoiseshell” decoration is created by applying an iron-rich slip to a ceramic body and then covering the slip with an iron-rich glaze. During firing, the glaze melts and separates and the iron bubbles to the surface to create the dramatic design.

Bottle in Meiping Shape with “Tortoiseshell” Glaze, Stoneware with iron glaze (Jizhou ware), China

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