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Type Index: MAJOLICA
Production Origin: SPAIN
Date Range: 1490-1550
Defining Attributes:

Cream-colored, compact paste with little visible temper. Vessel walls are thin.

Decorated and glazed with metallic paints and glaze produced by the addition of copper and silver, producing a reflective, iridescent metallic luster.

Background is typically off-white tin enamel to which metallic elements are added. Designs are painted in copper-colored metallic paint.

Some examples have blue painted designs combined with copper metallic elements. Vessels often have a clear, lustered glaze.

Design elements are intricate combinations of geometric and stylized floral elements, usually covering the vessel interior.

Vessel Forms: BOWL
Comments: Lusterware, or Reflejo Metálico, is part of a very long Hispano-Moresque tradition of luxury lusterware ceramics, that continues today in Spain. It is rare in American sites, and most sherds have been recovered from the Dominican Republic.
Published Definitions: Goggin 1968:141-142; Deagan 1987; Fairbanks 1973; Lister and Lister 1982

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