Sunday, 8 August 2010

From Metal to Medieval

The BBC recently did the history of the world in 100 objects HERE In certain programs on the radio and across the BBC in general members of the public were encouraged to talk about objects from the past that are special to them, big or small, recent or ancient... this is mine.

(I can not emphasize strongly enough that this object was not removed from it's archaeological context, that is something I would never do!! It was only picked up because it would have been destroyed and lost to the elements if not rescued.)

I'm 99% sure it's a wee bit of Medieval green-glaze ware. I'm not sure if it is high-status or not but I suspect it is and was not used by the servants, mainly due to the fact of the decoration. The decoration those brown downward strokes made by the potters thumb they fit my thumb perfectly!

On the reverse side (the inside) of the vessel (cup, bowl??) it's black in colour and you can still see the impression made by the potters fingers during it's making, I presume on a potters wheel.

Now for my flight of fancy... not only is this inch and a half long shard special to me because of it's age! But I like to think that King Robert the Bruce might have used this object in it's unbroken state or at the very least looked upon it.

My reason for this flight of fancy is not only that it's my favourite part of history but it was found in the birthplace of the king, the ancestral home of the Earls of Carrick. More crucially the castle was abandoned and fell into disuse directly after Robert recaptured it from English hands during the Scottish wars of independence. Therefore it has to pre-date the period before it fell into English hands and was reclaimed by the King and his men. As I say that is all supposition but the mere fact that you can hold this object made so long-ago and that and your fingers fit the marks left by the makers fingers is just special on it's own. It is currently framed and hangs on my wall.

next 11th century chapel masonry ?

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