Lustrous black fine ware at Gordion, Turkey: A distinctive sintered slip technology

Robert C. Henrickson, Pamela B. Vandiver, M. James Blackman

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Potters at ancient Gordion (Turkey) produced a distinctive fine ware with a black glossy finish during at least the period 700-500 BC. Visual examination suggested a sintered slip finish. Study using SEM, EDS, INAA, x-ray diffraction, and refiring has confirmed this hypothesis. The technology was characterized by a relatively low firing temperature, large amounts of flux, a darkening wash added over the slip, and use of both calcareous and non-calcareous clays.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)391-397
Number of pages7
JournalMaterials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings
StatePublished - Dec 1 2002
Externally publishedYes
EventMaterials Issues in Art and Archeology VI - Boston, MA, United States
Duration: Nov 26 2001Nov 30 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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