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Greenware funerary vase with tiger, a puppy, and bird

  • loan

Glossary (4)

glaze, luted, slip, stoneware

  • glaze

    Vitreous coating applied to the surface of a ceramic to make it impermeable or for decorative effect.

  • luted

    The fusion of parts of ceramics using dilute clay slip.

  • slip

    A semi-fluid clay applied to a ceramic before glazing either to coat the surface or for decorative effect.

  • stoneware

    Ceramic material made of clay which is fired to a temperature of c.1200-1300⁰c and is often buff or grey in colour.


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  • The Barlow Collection by the University of Sussex

    The Barlow Collection

    The heavily made vase has slightly convex sides on a splayed foot with low footring, an angled, sloping shoulder, a tall neck with flared rounded rim, and a shallow domed cover, also with flared rim. A freely modelled tiger is attached to the shoulder, its tail curled round the neck of the vase, its mouth open with sharp fangs, bulging eyes, bushy eyebrows, rounded ears, its paws and flecked coat indicated by incised markings. A sun (inscribed ri, ‘sun’) on a cloud is attached above it, and on the other side of the vase a simply modelled puppy and stylized plants. The cover is incised with concentric lines and applied with a bird as knob, perched on three radiating leaves with curled-up tips, its beak raised high up in the air, all with details incised. The glaze is of olive-green colour, the rims and the base were left unglazed and have fired to a pale reddish brown, the base shows a ring of bar-shaped spur marks. The cover was fired in place and removed by force, causing parts of the rim of the vase to adhere to it.

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