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Blue bowl 1600-1700, Ming or Qing dynasty

Blue bowl


The foot of this shallow blue bowl was made separately to the bowl and was ‘backed-on’ after the body of the bowl was formed.

A process known as crizzling has damaged the surface of this bowl. Crizzling can occur when the ingredients used to make the glass are not used in the correct quantities: in time, moisture is lost from the glass and the surface flakes away. In the early Qing period (1688-1911), European Jesuits introduced new recipes for making glass. It is possible that the crizzling here is the result of Chinese craftsmen experimenting with these new recipes.

Height: 5.3 cm, diameter: 18.0 cm

Chinese Description:

玻璃碗 中国,明朝或清朝,约 1600-1700 这玻璃碗因侵蚀而呈龟裂状。大抵其原料配方有误,以致随时间增长,玻璃内部溶解而流失黏液引以致器皿表层剥落。 玻璃

Creator: Unknown

Date: 1600-1700, Ming or Qing dynasty

Copyright: Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives

Object ID:N4793

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