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Description - Ceramica y Cultura by Robin Farwell Gavin

Brought to Spain in the thirteenth century by Islamic artisans, the enamelled earthenware known as mayolica is decorated with a lead glaze to which tin oxide is added to create an opaque white surface. By the fifteenth century, several areas in Spain were well known throughout Europe for the quality of these ceramics, and with Spain's expansion into the New World the mayolica tradition came into Mexico. There it underwent further changes, notably the use of indigenous design motifs and patterns inspired by Chinese porcelain. Over the next three centuries, the potters of New Spain produced ceramics characterised by a distinctive mestizo aesthetic. This tradition continues today in both Mexico and Spain. Assembled in connection with a major exhibition at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, this book moves discussion of mayolica beyond its stylistic merits in order to understand it in historic and cultural context.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780826331021
ISBN-10: 0826331025
Format: Paperback
(280mm x 215mm x mm)
Pages: 356
Imprint: University of New Mexico Press
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
Publish Date: 1-Aug-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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