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Greenware bowl with feet in the form of animal heads

  • 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

    Vessels like this were traditionally used for growing bulbs at the end of winter, placed over water on decorative pebbles.

    The piece is very heavily potted, the rounded sides tapering to a narrow, low rounded foot but resting on three seperately attached legs in form of animal heads biting claws. The faces are simply indicated with eyes, eyebrows, nose and mouth in relief. The sides of the vessel are decorated with two rows of bosses attached over raised bands to imitate the nails holding a drum skin in place. The smooth light yellowish-green glaze leaves the footring free, where the body has fired a light brick red, while it is nearly white under the glaze, visible where the glaze is worn.

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