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albarello

Overview page. Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design — Archaeology.

[Ar]

A type of late medieval drug‐jar, made in Spain, with a particularly fine thin tin glaze over blue designs that draw heavily on contemporary forms of Arabic script. Albarello...

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appliqué

Overview page. Subjects: Art — Archaeology.

[Ge]

A decorative figure or motif made separately, usually in a mould, and applied or fixed to the surface of a pot before slip‐coating and fitting.

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arretine ware

Overview page. Subjects: Art — Archaeology.

[Ar]

Red‐coloured pottery with a glossy surface produced between the 1st century bc and the mid 1st century ad at Arretium (modern Arezzo) in Tuscany, Italy. The forms of the...

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bacini

Overview page. Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design — Archaeology.

[Ar]

Ceramic vessels placed for decorative reasons high in the walls of Christian churches in southern Europe between the 11th and 15th centuries ad.

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barbotine

Overview page. Subjects: Archaeology — Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.

[De]

A method of relief decoration executed by trailing semiliquid clay through the end of an implement on to a finished pottery vessel before firing, a process identical to icing...

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barrel vault

Overview page. Subjects: Archaeology — Art.

[De]

An arrangement for constructing a stone roof over an open space which took a semi‐circular form rather like an elongated arch. Such vaults can only be used to span narrow...

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bas-relief

Overview page. Subjects: Art — Archaeology.

‘Low relief’, that is relief sculpture in which the figures never project more than half their true depth from the background.

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boomerang

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A curved flat piece of wood that can be thrown so as to return to the thrower, traditionally used by Australian Aboriginals as a hunting weapon.

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champlevé

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[from the French champlever, ‘to hollow out’]

*Enamel that is poured into grooves engraved as surface decoration on silver, bronze, or copper. It is then fired and polished down to...

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Cistercian ware

Overview page. Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design — Archaeology.

[Ar]

A type of brown coloured pottery made in the north midlands of England in the late 15th and 16th centuries ad.

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