Details Made by some of the first people to settle and farm in the British Isles. These Neolithic settlers would have used Mortlake bowls like this to cook and store food. The curved bottom allows the pot to sit comfortably in the embers of an open fire.
Made in the Peterborough Impressed Ware style, the early potters used cord or bone to stamp decoration into the pot's surface. In this case, a cord has been used. This decorative technique creates a distinctive and aesthetically pleasing vessel that is as beautiful to handle as it is to look at.
This Mortlake Bowl is based on examples excavated in the greater Stonehenge landscape, most notably at Wilsford Down, but this type of vessel is found in many areas of the UK. This type of pottery is one of the earliest styles of pottery to be made in Britain, dating back to 3500 BCE
Smoke fired Terracotta
Approx. 110 mm tall 115 mm diameter
It has been fired to emulate the ancient firing conditions. The original pot would have been fired in an open wood fire, in close contact with the fuel, a process that leaves its mark on the clay as variations in the surface colour. However, the very low temperatures achieved in open firings also result in relatively weak pots, so this pot has been fired to a somewhat higher temperature to strengthen it, in a special firing process that allows me to achieve an authentic appearance of the pot.
As with all my Museum Quality Replicas, this pot has been made, as the original would have been, entirely by hand from natural clay and using replicas of the types of tools used by the Neolithic makers. In keeping with the original pot, the decoration has been applied using a bone.
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