terracotta (Scope note)

The term has been used extensively to describe figures, figure vessels, and particular types of containers such as cinerary urns. The term 'pottery' is used for vessels and lamps. Vessels which have mould-made or hand-made figurative attachments have both 'pottery' and 'terracotta' (or 'fired clay') entered as Materials. The term 'terracotta' has been used interchangeably with 'fired clay' and 'earthenware'.