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Figure of a camel with saddle in the form of an animal mask

  • loan

Glossary (3)

earthenware, glaze, 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.

  • 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.


    • currently in research collection

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  • The Barlow Collection by the University of Sussex

    The Barlow Collection

    The tall animal is standing four square on a rectangular plinth, its head raised and slightly turned to the right, the mouth wide open as if roaring, showing its teeth, the head well modelled with eyes in deep sockets, nostrils and muscles clearly rendered, the small ears laid back. The mane has strands of hair indicated by incised strokes, the fur at the front of the neck is carefully combed to both sides, the upper part of the legs and the top of the humps, which are bent to different sides, have a rough furry texture, and the tail is curled to one side. The eyes and hairy parts are covered with a yellow-tinged transparent glaze, the rest of the animal with a deep amber glaze. An oval blanket on the camel’s back is coloured in dappled sancai (‘three colour’) glazes of green, amber and white, its pleated border in amber and green. It is laden with a thick bag protected on both sides with a large fierce animal mask with prominent eyes, strong nostrils and impressive teeth, covered in green and in dappled sancai glazes. The camel is further carrying a rolled-up amber-yellow piece of cloth or mat, a twisted green strand of silk or another yarn, all secured over long straight planks, their ends sticking out on either side and hung with provisions and utensils. Besides a side of ribs, there is an amber-yellow pilgrim’s bottle, a round-bottomed bowl and a ewer of Sassanian shape, all amber-coloured to represent metalware. The earthenware pottery is of light beige colour, the animal’s body is hollow and open underneath.

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