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Reserved Slip Ware was the term first used to describe a type of low-fired ceramics found at the site of Mohenjo-Daro. The term ‘reserved slip’ refers to a particular kind of surface treatment given to the pre-fired ceramics by applying two slip layers to the surface of the vessel and later by skilfully removing the upper slip through gently combing the surface thus leaving two contrasting colours, in either a straight or a wavy line pattern. The different kinds of Reserved Slip Ware ceramics include – Glazed Reserved Slip Ware, Unglazed Reserved Slip Ware and Periano Reserve Ware. Glazed Reserved Slip Ware was characterized by a well-defined, glossy and hard surface layer while Unglazed Reserved Slip Ware is characterized by a matt and soft surface. Periano Reserve Ware includes the application of sandy clay coating or a slip on the surface of the leather hard vessel to give the appearance of a very smooth exterior surface over which broad wavy and horizontal parallel grooves in low relief are executed. In the context of Gujarat, it can be dated between 3900 – 1900 BC.

Reserved Slip Ware from Kanmer (Courtesy: Kharakwal et al. 2012)