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MELADO - TYPE INDEX


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Type Name:
MELADO
Category:
LEAD GLAZED COARSE EARTHENWARE
Production Origin:
SPAIN
Production Date Range:
1490-1550
Defining Attributes:
Cream-colored, soft chalky (majolica-like) earthenware paste on tableware forms; buff to reddish lightly sand tempered paste on large utilitarian forms.

Surface is covered with a thick, tin-opacified lead glaze, with color ranging most frequently from honey to amber to mustard brown. The surface is most commonly matte or low-gloss.

Designs consisting of simple broad lines are occasionally painted in manganese brown .

Vessel Forms:
ALBARELO
BACIN
ESCUDILLA
JAR
PITCHER
PLATO
SAUCER
Comments:
Melado ware differs from similarly-colored lead glazed wares in its majolica-like paste, and its thick, opaque glaze. On the earliest Spanish sites in the Caribbean, Melado occurs is a wider variety of paste types, glaze colors and vessel forms than it does after ca. 1520. These varieties are detailed in Deagan and Cruxent 2002b:160-166. Decoration is rare in later examples.
Published Definitions:
Deagan 1987:48; Goggin 1968:227