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Figure of a mule with a sack across its back

  • loan

Glossary (2)

earthenware, luted

  • 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.

  • luted

    The fusion of parts of ceramics using dilute clay slip.


    • currently in research collection

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  • The Barlow Collection by the University of Sussex

    The Barlow Collection

    The animal is standing four-square on a rectangular plinth, the head slightly inclined, the ears pricked. The features are faintly indicated, the neck with a sharp ridge to represent a docked mane, the body with slender legs and a long tail. A bulging sack has been slung over a straight saddlecloth, with incised lines to depict folds, and the strap of a harness is visible at the back, raised in slight relief. The grey pottery is covered with a white dressing.

    A similarly laden figure of a horse, recovered from the Sui dynasty tomb of Li Jingxun in Xi’an, Shaanxi province, can be dated to the year AD 608. A somewhat earlier figure, preserved in the Datong City Institute of Archaeology, was excavated from the tomb of Song Shaozu which is datable to AD 477.

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