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Figure of a cockerel

  • 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

    Figures such as this were originally naturalistically painted in coloured pigments; compare a figure of a cock from the mausoleum of the Jingdi Emperor (r. 188–141 BC) of the Han dynasty near Xi’an in Shaanxi province, which was completed in the year 126 BC; see Han Yangling Bowuyuan/Han Yangling Museum, Beijing, 2006, pls 35 and 132. The present figure is unusual in having a rockwork base.

    The bird is naturalistically modelled, depicted standing on a creviced rockwork base, moulded in two vertical halves and hollow inside. It has a pointed beak and circular eyes, the wattle and crest are seperately attached, the feathers at the wings and tail are indicated by moulding, and at the back by incising. The grey pottery body shows remains of a white coating and red pigments. The rockwork pedestal has a recessed base pierced with a hole, and another hole is pierced into the back of the bird.

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