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Figure of a female attendant holding a vase

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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

    For a contemporary vase like that held by one of these figures, see the piece in the Barlow Collection, [LI1301.37]

    The two ladies are gracefully modelled, both made from similar moulds, but the arms and utensils individually modelled and attached. They are standing with heads held straight, hair parted and wound up in an elaborate coiffure, perhaps held with scarves, their slender bodies dressed in straight, high-waisted garments, tied with long ribbons, with over-long narrow sleeves. One figure holds a pear-shaped vase with recessed cover, the sleeves hiding her hands, the other is holding a dish, with one hand revealed. The pale beige-coloured pottery body is covered with a white slip which ends above the base, and a transparent glaze, which is largely degraded. The figures are hollow.

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