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Jug: C.18-1910

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Current Location: In storage


Pottery: Unidentified Orvieto pottery




Medieval jug of unglazed earthenware with a squat ovoid body, horizontally ridged on the exterior.

Pale cream, unglazed earthenware. Shape 1. Squat ovoid body, horizontally ridged on the exterior, with short cylindrical neck; broad strap handle; and spout formed by a strip of clay, folded and pressed to the neck and shoulder.


History note: Recovered from a well at an unrecorded site at Orvieto, where purchased perhaps in 1908 by the donor, Richard Sneade Brown (1851-1917), of Heathcote, Worthing

Legal notes

Given by R.S.Brown

Measurements and weight

Height: 13 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Orvieto ⪼ Umbria ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1910-05-30) by Brown, Richard Sneade


13th Century
Circa 1200 CE - 1250 CE


The museum has no record of the date when the donor purchased this jug, but in February 1908, two pozzi were discovered in via de' Dolci, Orvieto. An unglazed jug of almost identical size, and similarly ridged, is in the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Orvieto. Another was excavated from butto A of the Palazzetto Faina in 1983.

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Components of the work

Base Diameter 7.2 cm
Handle To Spout Width 15.7 cm

Materials used in production

pale buff Earthenware

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.18-1910
Primary reference Number: 47108
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 17 November 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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