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A complete history of the use of clay as a constructive or decorative material in architecture, would be analogous to that of civilization itself with its advances and declines, for the authentic records of this branch of pottery are older than those of any other ceramic production, extending through forty-one centuries. The art of pottery is the most ancient and universal of all, including as it does, in its widest sense, all objects made of clay moulded into form while in a moist, plastic state, and then hardened by fire.
Livre de Lyon
Architecture, architectural history
Geer, Walter, "Terra Cotta in Architecture" (2020). Architectural Sciences. 22.