- Devices applied to pottery, often to the bottom of a vessel or plate, for the purpose of identifying the origin of commercial pottery wares. Some ancient Greek wares include such marks; more are evident in Renaissance European wares; and the application of factory marks became nearly universally common in the 20th century.
- Refers to the cultures of the areas surrounding the Mediterranean Sea, which is bordered by Europe, Asia, and Africa. It particularly refers to the island cultures and those on the mainland of Europe and Asia Minor that border the Mediterranean Sea. It includes cultures that developed in and around the Tyrrhenian, Ionian, Ligurian, Adriatic, and Aegean seas.
- Makers of vessels, tableware, vases, and other ware out of ceramic.
- Pottery originating in Samos, an island in the Aegean Sea. May refer to Roman pottery made on Samos or of clay from Samos, as a variety of Terra sigillata pottery. May also refer to Greek Geometric and Orientalizing pottery made or excavated on Samos.
- Limited to fragments of pottery or glass.
- Marking the surface of an object by applying pressure with a tool, for example, transferring an ink mark to paper or embossing soft clay; also, applying preprinted labels such as postage stamps that substitute for official stamped marks. In bookbinding, distinguished from "blocking", in which pressure is applied by a machine.
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