Use this term when the decoration/applied color covers the entire sherd being cataloged or when referring to the “background color” e.g. with many factory made slipware designs.

Stylistic Genre:

The genre for this stylistic element depends on a combination of decorative technique, color, and element.

 Cataloging Example for Depicted Sherd:


Stylistic Genre
Slipware, factory made
Interior/Exterior Location Decorative Technique Color Stylistic Element Motif
Exterior Body Slip, lathe/engine turned Blue, muted medium Solid Individual A