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Our jargon-busting Dictionary helps you to understand specialist antiques and collectables terms. Also included are the histories of factories, designers, and style movements across the centuries.

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Millers Ka'aba

The Ka’aba is an ancient cube-shaped stone building located in the Great Mosque at Mecca. It is considered to be the most sacred place on earth for Muslims. Wrapped in a black cloth, it contains columns and a black stone, which is said to ...

kachina Kachina

Kachina dolls are wooden figures representing helper deities. They were carved by the Hopi and Zuni peoples of Southwest America to be used as religious teaching aids for their children. Kachina dolls are usually carved from a single piece of cottonwood root. ...

Millers Kaendler

See Kändler, J.J.

Kaga ware Kaga ware

The term describes ceramics made in Kaga, on the Japanese island of Honshu. Large quantities of stoneware were produced here from early times, but porcelain began to be made only in the 19th century and is known as Kutani ware. ...

Kakiemon Kakiemon

An enamel decorative style for porcelain, developed in Japan, the distinctive palette utilizing soft red, yellow, blue and turquoise green. The first potter in Japan to discover the secret of enamel decoration on porcelain is ...

Millers Kakihan

A Japanese term for a small personalized seal, often made up of kanji characters, carved or written on objects. It was used to identify the artist, in association with the impressed seal or signature. ...