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Figure of a horse's head

  • 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

    Horse’s heads of this type generally had matching pottery bodies, but legs made of a different material, like the horse and rider in the Barlow Collection, [LI1301.418].

    The head sits on a heavy neck, the features are well modelled, the eyes prominent, cheeks rounded, mouth open to reveal the tongue and teeth, and nostrils clearly rendered. Two holes are replacing ears, and a sharp, somewhat twisted ridge indicates the mane. The neck is hollowed out underneath. The grey pottery is covered with a dark red pigment and shows traces of white to indicate a harness.

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