Details This superb replica of a Bronze Age Food Vessel was beautifully handcrafted by the supremely talented Graham Taylor, here in our Northumberland workshop. It was amongst a group of three Bronze Age Food vessels found during and excavation of two burial cairns at Turf Knowe in the picturesque Breamish Valley, Northumberland.
The vessel gets its moniker of ‘Food Vessel’ due to an early suggestion that these types of vessels held food for use by the deceased in the afterlife. However, there is little direct evidence support this theory, and in truth, we know very little about the day to day lives and rituals of the Bronze Age people who first laid this stunning vessel into the ground over 4000 years ago.
The originals pots are now on display in an exhibition at the National Park Visitors Centre, Ingram valley, which is only a stones throw away from where this authentically crafted replica was created.
Smoke fired Terracotta
Approx. 130 mm tall 155 mm diameter
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 tool that the Bronze-Age makers would have used. In keeping with the original pot, the decoration has been applied using hand made lime bast cord
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 results in pots that are relatively weak, 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 to the pot. The exterior has been finished with beeswax to give a slight sheen.
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