This bowl is decorated with what is typically called an “egg and spinach” glaze, but it is also known as “tiger skin” glaze. This decoration recalls the three-color (sancai) lead glaze used in the Tang dynasty on tomb sculptures and other ceramics.
Porcelain with three-color (sancai) glaze
3 x 7 1/8 in. (7.6 x 18.1 cm)
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Gift of Dr. John P. Lyden
Everted mouth; curved belly that tapers down; circular foot.
Splotches of yellow, green, white, purple color glazes. Popularly known as "three-color tiger skin glaze." Besides white glaze on inside of base of foot, overall unglazed. Initially, unglazed porcelain was fired. Then color glazes were applied on the interior and exterior and fired a second time at a low temperature. Possibly for sacrificial or ritual use.
Condition: Intact. No damage.
"Egg and Spinach" Bowl. Hemispherical bowl with splashed purple, yellow, and green glazes. Condition: no damage.
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