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BIZCOCHO - TYPE INDEX


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Type Name:
BIZCOCHO
Category:
UNGLAZED COARSE EARTHENWARE
Production Origin:
SPAIN
Production Date Range:
1500-1550
Defining Attributes:
Thin (2-7mm), cream or off-white color compact, chalky paste.

Smoothed surface, no glaze.

Molded decoration on vessel bodies and rims.

Vessel Forms:
BOWL
CUP
PLATE
VASE
Comments:
Bizcocho can appear like a bisque firing for majolica (before the glaze is applied and fired), however the surface of bizcocho usually smoothed and finished, and the paste is normally harder than majolica bisque. Although it continued to be produced and used in Spain until at least the nineteenth century, itís occurrence in the circum-Caribbean region seems restricted to the first half of the 16th century.
Published Definitions:
Deagan 2002: 43