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Vessel with handles in the form of dragons

  • loan

Glossary (4)

earthenware, glaze, luted, slip

  • 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.

  • 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.


    • currently in research collection

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  • The Barlow Collection by the University of Sussex

    The Barlow Collection

    The amphora is elegantly potted, the tall ovoid body tapering and flaring again towards the flat base, the waisted neck separated from the shoulder by a raised rib, intersected by two flanges, and surmounted by an everted cup-shaped mouth with flared rim. Two tall double-stranded handles are attached on either side, with freely modelled dragon’s heads biting the rim and applied bosses near the top and base. The dragons have attached features and horns, their snouts reaching deep into the vessel. The beige-coloured stoneware is covered with a transparent glaze with a fine overall crackle, which ends halfway down the sides in an uneven line, leaving the lowest part in the biscuit. The crackle is stained from burial.

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