Dish with Gothic beast
Tin-glazed earthenware, with cuerda seca decoration
Museum no. 300-1893
The dish's design uses the cuerda seca (dry cord) technique. The potter first drew the outlines in a mixture of manganese and grease and then filled them with coloured glazes. The greasy lines kept the different colours separate during firing, but the grease itself burned away.
Cuerda seca was mainly a tilework technique, but from about 1480 it was also used for vessels decorated in a new Gothic style.