Sherds (series of one hundred and fifty). Made of stoneware, earthenware, porcelain. Thirty-eight blue and white; ninety celadon-glazed; twenty-two Islamic sherds.
- 13thC-14thC (celadons)
- Factory in: Longquan
- (Asia,China,Zhejiang (province),Longquan Area,Longquan (county),Longquan (town))
- Found/Acquired: Kilwa Kisiwani
- (Africa,Tanzania,Lindi (region),Kilwa,Kilwa Kisiwani)
- Length: 3 centimetres (min)
- Length: 16 centimetres (max)
2010-2011, London, BM/BBC, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'
2012 - , April -, London, BM, G68, Coins and Medals permanent gallery
2014 March - June, AHOW PROMISED
1 January 2009
Reason for analysis
Microscopic investigation of three potsherds from Kilwa (Tanzania)
Three sherds (Reg Obj No OA+ 916; one Longquan celadon, a Middle Eastern and an African potsherd) were selected for analyses. This request is part of the History of the World project and the main question regards their production and exchange in the wider context of the Indian Ocean trade. Petrographic and SEM-EDX analyses were carried out on the paste and slip of the potsherds, showing variation in the chemical and mineralogical composition, indicating different provenance and techniques of manufacture for the three objects.
Analysis reference number
Found on cliff face or spoil from cliff face in 1948.
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Object reference number: RRC3188
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