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Hand Basin

Artist/Maker:
Unknown
Place Made:
Attributed to Bethabara or Salem North Carolina United States of America
Date Made:
1775-1800
Medium:
redware
Dimensions:
DIA 15 3/4; HOA 6
Accession Number:
2446
Description:
DESCRIPTION: Deep redware ceramic bowl, with rounded rim indented on one side for pouring edge, and with two applied handles. Glazed dark brown inside, unglazed outside. Chipped in several places with repair.
History:
HISTORY: “Pottery: Early pottery vessels were made from common clay which was shaped by hand or turned on a potter’s wheel before being glazed, decorated, and fired in a kiln. Great amounts were imported from Europe or produced here in similar forms. Although their course character deprived them of mention in most surviving home inventories, pottery shards found on 17th and 18th-century American domestic sites are among the most frequently encountered artifacts…

Basic Redware: A thick mundane earthenware that bore a minimum of decoration. It was usually covered inside (and sometimes all over) by a colorless lead glaze which gave a sheen to the surface and enchanced the red or brownish hue of the clay after firing.” (Neumann, p.238)

Credit Line:
Purchase