Mr. James Ruddock
Date Made/Found: 2500-900 BC
, 1813 - 1858
Previous owner: Previously owned by
, British, 1821 - 1861
Material and Medium: Pottery
Dimensions: Height 70mm, diameter at rim 80mm, maximum diameter 85mm.
Accession Number: J93.883
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.
Pots were made on a household scale and vary greatly in size, shape and decoration. Bronze Age potters liked to decorate their creations. Elaborate, repeating incised or impressed patterns, like the cross-hatching and perforations here, are common. These were pushed into the soft, damp clay before firing.