Accessory vesselPrevious owner: Previously owned by
, British, 1821 - 1861
Material and Medium: Pottery
Dimensions: Height 41mm, maximum diameter 75mm.
Accession Number: J93.893
Small pottery cups are often found buried in Bronze Age graves alongside other pots. They are sometimes called accessory vessels. Archaeologists are not sure what the function of these tiny pots was.
Accessory vessels vary greatly in size, shape and decoration. Some have perforations on their sides and may have been suspended.
Pots were fired in bonfires which allowed lots of air to circulate. The oxygen in the air gave some of the pots their distinctive red colour.
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