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Greenware funerary jar and lid with dragon, bird, and a dog

  • 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 jar is of tall ovoid form, has three bulging bands around the shoulder, a straight neck and a short, straight foot. The shoulder is applied with a freely modelled dragon with prominent, widely spaced claws, open mouth, antler-like horns, bushy strands of hair for a mane and at the legs, the spine sharply raised, the body incised with a scale pattern, the fore part of the legs striped. A small pearl raised on a cloud-like motif is attached in front of the dragon and a bird near its tail. The smooth light green glaze has an overall crackle, the rim and footring show the brick-red biscuit. The domed cover, which did not originally belong to this jar, has an everted rim and a reclining dog is attached as knob. The glaze colour is more olive-green, the unglazed underside has fired a light yellowish-brown.

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