A selection of ceramics through the ages (5 second delay) Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology The Collections:
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Classical to Medieval
Europe from 1500
Oriental & Islamic

2000 years of pottery forms and shapes
Highly decorated 13th -14th centuries

  • Common name Brill/Boarstall ware, Buckinghamshire
  • Class Left, biconical bottles right, saucer lamp
  • Height left, 150mm right, 160mm foreground, 55mm
  • Identifier PW49
  • Production centre west Buckinghamshire
  • Distribution south Midlands
  • Use bottles for storage of oils and sauces; lamp for lighting dark corners
  • Date Late 13th - early 14th century AD
  • Published in biconical bottles in Ingrams 1846, 62-4; saucer lamps in Jope, Jope and Rigold 1950, Fig 21 No 7, 60
  • Historic context the bottles form part of a time capsule beneath Trinity College, Oxford; lamp excavated 10ft down at St John's College, Oxford 1910
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