NMS-1D9D54: Medieval Pottery Aquamanile

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Unique ID: NMS-1D9D54

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Fragment of a medieval pottery aquamanile in hard reduced sandy lead-glazed ware: the spout is in the form of a dog's head and collared neck with the impressed details of eyes, teeth and nostrils. The ears survive only as stubs and are surrounded by dots within grooves that extend down between the eyes to form a loop filled with dots. The head has been inserted into the neck, which would have formed part of the main body during manufacture. The collar is formed from an applied strip. The fabric bears some similarity to Grimston ware, but the pale grey colour and hardness suggest that it may have been made at another local centre, in the period c.1250 - c.1350. The object weighs 109g. Aquamaniles were used to dispense water for the washing of hands at the table. Some very fine examples in copper alloy have survived. Pottery examples were made in the form of horses (sometimes with riders), stags, rams and bears. This canine piece is unusual.

Class: Pottery, canine


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1250
Date to: Circa AD 1350

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 109 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Emma Whitcombe
Identified by: Dr Andrew Rogerson

Materials and construction

Primary material: Pottery
Decoration method: Impressed
Completeness: Incomplete
Surface Treatment: Glazed

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Norfolk (County)
District: South Norfolk (District)
To be known as: Pulham Market

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Created: 8 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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