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Figure of a dancing lady

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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 lady is dressed in a theatrical costume, standing straight, with her hands raised, the index finger pointing up, her hair parted and draped up in an elaborate bun, originally with stiff flaps on either side, pierced with three holes for insertion of metal hair ornaments. The long flaring skirt has a pointed apron with three flame-line extensions on either side, the shoes have oversized cloud-shaped tips. A tightly belted jacket with a prominent collar is revealing her decolletée, the tight sleeves with emphasized folds at the shoulders and upper arms terminate in huge pendant cuffs, hiding further sleeves with smaller cuffs underneath. The beige-coloured earthenware is covered with a white dressing and shows traces of red pigment at the jacket and apron, the latter with black painted floral designs, traces of green at the sleeves and black at the shoes and hair. The face was later repainted and perhaps re-carved.

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