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Egyptian jar
MFA Acc. #: 13.5318


A irregular sized chip or fragment from a ceramic, masonry, stone, or ore surface. Spalling, or breaking up, of the surfaces are often induced by freeze-thaw action, corrosion, or salt formation.

See also Exfoliation, and scaling.

Photo credit: J-D Mertz

Synonyms and Related Terms

spalling; spaul

Resources and Citations

  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998
  • Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
  • Dictionary of Building Preservation, Ward Bucher, ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York City, 1996

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