LON-FC8206: A Post Medieval ceramic incomplete German Whiteware figurine dating to the 16th century.

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Unique ID: LON-FC8206

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A Post Medieval ceramic incomplete German Whiteware figurine dating to the 16th century. The figurine is a moulded female figure with stabbed decoration on the necklace, cuffs and down the panel on the front of the dress; the folds of the dress are incised. The head, neck and lower half of the skirt is missing from this figurine; the torso, arms and upper half of the skirt remain. This is a bichrome figurine glazed yellow with some copper green flecks outside and the stabbed decoration coloured green. The interior is hollow and it is not glazed. The fabric is off-white with buff surfaces.

A very similar example is published in Hurst, Neal & van Beuningen (1986:237 no.356 fig 112) however there is a slight variation in the style of the necklace and the colour used on the stabbed decoration. The authors write that this example is stylistically more comparable to Aachen examples.

Dimensions: length: 46.30mm; width: 45.48mm; thickness: 25.40mm; weight: 28.03g.


Hurst, Neal & van Beuningen (1986:237) write, "Figurines were made in several centres in Germny particularly at Aachen and Cologne... They are a well known Aachen product but considering the probability of there being two production centres is it hard to attribute them to specific areas."

Reference: Hurst, J. G., Neal, D. S. and van Beuningen, H.J.E. 1986. Pottery produced and traded in North-West Europe 1350-1650. Rotterdam papers six.

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: Regional importance

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Early
Date from: Circa AD 1500
Date to: Circa AD 1600

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Height: 46.3 mm
Width: 45.48 mm
Thickness: 25.4 mm
Weight: 28.03 g

Rally details.

This object was found at Tower foreshore COLAS open weekend

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mrs Kate Sumnall
Identified by: Mrs Kate Sumnall

Materials and construction

Primary material: Ceramic
Manufacture method: Hand made
Decoration style: Figurative
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: London (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Greater London Authority (Greater London Authority)
District: Tower Hamlets (London Borough)
Parish or ward: St. Katharine's and Wapping (London Borough Ward)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TQ3380
Four figure Latitude: 51.503293
Four figure longitude: -0.085156
1:25K map: TQ3380
1:10K map: TQ38SW
WOEID: 20094363
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Other chance find
Discovery circumstances: Found eyes only on the foreshore.
General landuse: Open fresh water
Specific landuse: Running water

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Audit data

Recording Institution: LON
Created: Saturday 19th February 2011
Updated: Monday 21st March 2011

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