Details Made by some of the first people to settle and farm in the British Isles. Mortlake bowls like this would have been used by these Neolithic settlers 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 surface of the pot, in this case a bird bone has been used. This form of decorative technique creates a distinctive, and, aesthetically pleasing vessel which 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 is one of the earliest types of pottery to be made in Britain, dating back to 3500 BCE
Smoke fired Terracotta
Approx. 115 mm tall 150 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 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.
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 Neolithic makers would have used. In keeping with the original pot, the decoration has been applied using a bone.
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