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Greenware funerary jar with dragon and a 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.


    • currently in research collection

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  • The Barlow Collection by the University of Sussex

    The Barlow Collection

    The tall ovoid jar narrows down to the straight narrow neck in three bulging steps and is supported on a straight foot with low footring. The shoulder is applied with a freely modelled figure of a dragon, its wide open mouth and one claw reaching for a flaming pearl, elaborately sculpted with long antler-like horns, small goatee beard, two tufts of hair behind the head, a serrated spine and each leg with further tufts of hair and four sharp claws. The body is incised with overall scales. The shallow domed cover has a wide everted rim and a bird attached as knob. A fine blue-green glaze covers the jar, but leaves its rim and footring free, where the yellowish-brown biscuit is visible. The cover bears a similar glaze, its underside is unglazed and has fired a bright brick-red.

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