Definition: Bier, Amphora, Slipware

A handful of ancient Greek pottery terminologies today…

 

Bier

(read like “beer”)

A stand on which a corpse, coffin, or casket containing a corpse is placed to lie in state or to be carried to the grave.

 

Amphora

A jar with two vertical handles used in antiquity for the storage and transportation of foodstuffs such as wine and olive oil

 

Slipware

Pottery identified by its primary decorating process where slip is placed onto the leather-hard clay body surface before firing by dipping, painting or splashing. Slip is an aqueous suspension of a clay body, which is a mixture of clays and other minerals such as quartz, feldspar and mica.

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