Cup with Running Ibexes

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 453

To create "silhouette ware," an object of white clay is covered with a special black slip made with the mineral chromite. The slip is carefully removed or incised to create an image. After an initial firing, the vessel is dipped into a transparent turquoise glaze and fired again. In addition to creating a striking color contrast, this overglaze saturates the chromite slip, transforming it from a matte gray brown into an intense black.

Cup with Running Ibexes, Stonepaste; incised decoration through black slip ground under turquoise glaze ("silhouette ware")

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