- Museum number
Small tripartite carinated pottery vessel, with deep conical rim. Exterior even glossy burnish, interior burnished. Firing dark; brown and black ware.
- Production date
- 600 BC - 400 BC (circa)
Diameter: 100 millimetres (max)
Height: 73.50 millimetres
Weight: 145 grammes
- Curator's comments
- Stead and Rigby 1999
Restored rim circuit.
Tripartite carinated vessels: The vessel comprises three straight-sided sections in different planes meeting at two angles. Radiography has confirmed that a sharply angled jar found at Marson (ML.2644) was made with a definite luted seam at the shoulder carination, the implication being that the overall tripartite shape was achieved by making vessels in three separate sections. The basic shape allowed potters to experiment with proportion and detail which resulted in a great diversity of shapes and sizes, only some of which are represented in the Morel Collection. Criteria for sub-groups are comparative depth of the rim, shoulder and body sections; configuration of the rim; and configuration of the lower body. Examples are ordered by size. They range from Hallstatt C/D to La Tène I. The tripartite shape was current in Hallstatt C burials at 'la Ferme Rouge' Court-St-Etienne, Belgium (Mariën, M.E., 1958, ‘Trouvailles du champ d’urnes et des tombelles hallstattiennes de Court-Saint-Etienne’ (Monographies d’Archéologie Nationale, 1) Brussels, figs 15, no. 12, and 26, no. 27). Probably the most characteristic vessel form in burials of the mid-fifth to the mid-fourth century BC in the Champagne region.
Variant with deep conical rim and narrower shoulder: Graves at Tinqueux (grave 21), Les Jogasses (grave 58) and Jonchery-sur-Vesle (grave 4, with a Hallstatt D dagger) contained some of the earliest examples dating to the late sixth and early fifth centuries BC. Probably the most common and widely recorded tripartite variant. Most sizes more or less follow the proportions of height equals 1 to 1.5 times the rim diameter. A number of miniature versions are remarkably standardized in shape and size, suggesting that they were perhaps made by the same potter. They were found in different cemeteries, Bergères-les-Vertus, La Croix-en-Champagne, Marson and Prosnes, but the most distant sites are less than 20 km apart.
No provenance in the Register, but it is grouped with other Marson pots, Morel, L., 1898, ‘La Champagne souterraine’ Reims, pl. 41, fig. 15. An early variant, see Ecury-sur-Coole graves 42 and 55, with Hallstatt D daggers.
- On display (G50/dc13)
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number