About this object

History of use

A type of ware called Sh-fu since these two characters, interpreted as meaning "privy council" are frequently found inscribed in raised slip within comparable vessels. They were widely exported thought Southeast Asia.

Iconographic meaning

The lotus is a symbol of purity and perfection

Specific techniques

Slip is clay reduced to a creamy liquid by the addition of water.

Physical description

A ceramic bowl that has a form which swells gently from a shallow unglazed foot to an everted lip. White porcelaneous body. Interior is decorated in white slip with lotus panels, each containing a motif, obscured by the translucent pale blue-grey glaze which pools heavily over them. Pools in bottom centre have some grit incorporated. Exterior is plain under the glaze. Close to foot is an adhesion of unglazed clay.