Bowl (Piece)

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From Iona, Argyll

Postcard of Bowl (Piece).
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Bowl (Piece)

This piece of a wooden bowl was found in a ditch at the early Christian monastic site on Iona in Argyll. It provides evidence of the use of lathes for making bowls between 550 and 750.

About half of the bowl, here shown lying on a broken side, survives. It is cracked and fragmentary in places. The bowl was decorated with incised lines around the body, made while the bowl was turning on the lathe.

This is a wooden version of a type of French wheel-made pottery known as 'E ware'. E ware was a prestigious and valuable import, so it is not surprising that it was copied in wood.

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Online ID: 000-100-103-193-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.1997.167
Date: 550 - 750 AD
Between 550 and 750
Material: Wood
What: Bowl / portion
Where: Scotland, Argyll, Iona
Description: Portion of a wooden bowl, copy of a type of French wheel-made pottery known as 'E ware', Iona, Argyll, 550 - 750 AD
  • Barber, J.W. Excavations on Iona, 1979. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 111 (1981), pp 282-380. 
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