A Jizhou Tortoiseshell Tea Cup


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Known in Chinese and English as 'tortoiseshell' glaze, it is characterised by an overall black-coffee color inflected with creamy tones ranging from deep amber to taupe, as seen on the present cup. The effect seems to have been created by first dipping the vessel in a medium-brown slip glaze then, following the drying, dipping it in a darker brown glaze slurry, splashing it with a paste of wood or bamboo-ash and water, drying it again, and finally firing it right side up in the saggar. Great as a tea or wine cup.

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