May 21, 2008
May 21, 2008

Plate with a Portrait of a Gentleman

Plate with a Portrait of a Gentleman

c. 1500–1510

Red earthenware, incised slipware

Diameter: 32.4 cm (12 3/4 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Damiron 1966.128

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Incised slipware is an ancient technique of decorating ceramics that dates back to the Tang dynasty in China (618-907).


This plate is an example of incised slipware—a technique in which clay was coated with a pale-colored slip and decorated by scratching away part of the slip to reveal the darker body beneath. Although produced in the same kilns as maiolica, slipware did not require the additional expense of importing tin.

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