Pottery urn

Early Anglo-Saxon, 5th century AD
From Kempston, Bedfordshire

The urn has a poorly made rim and sloping shoulders decorated with three shallow grooves drawn with a blunt ended bone or stick. The body is ornamented with shallow vertical bosses which are flanked by impressions made with a flat circular punch. Two, sometimes three, vertical grooves fill the spaces between the zones of punch marks.

This urn is undistinguished apart from the fact that it has a single deliberately drilled hole on the shoulder. This may have had some symbolic purpose that is now impossible to interpret.

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C. Haith, 'Pottery in early Anglo-Saxon England' in Pottery in the making: world-9 (London, The British Museum Press, 1997), pp. 146-51, fig. 1

J.N.L. Myres, Anglo-Saxon pottery and the se (Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1969)

J.N.L Myres, A corpus of Anglo-Saxon potter (Cambridge University Press, 1977)


Height: 18.200 cm

Museum number

M&ME 1891,6-24,27



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