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Figure of a bird with a human head

  • loan

Glossary (2)

earthenware, luted

  • earthenware

    Ceramic material made of clay which is fired to a temperature of c.1000-1200⁰c. The resulting ceramic is non-vitreous and varies in colour from dark red to yellow.

  • luted

    The fusion of parts of ceramics using dilute clay slip.


    • currently in research collection

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  • The Barlow Collection by the University of Sussex

    The Barlow Collection

    The figure is modelled as a slender bird with a long tail, its legs drawn close to the body, its wings folded, the head with human features but a bird’s beak instead of a mouth, the hair tied up on top of the head or perhaps wearing a small rounded cap. The piece has a large air vent on the underside. The grey pottery is covered with a white dressing and with pink pigment at the head and neck, while the wings and tail were painted in black with details in bright red to indicate feathers.

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