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Black wooden bowl: late 13th century

Black wooden bowl: late 13th century
3 0 c m
actual image size: 29cm x 22cm

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Black wooden bowl stuck together from several fragments. The bowl has plain rim and paired grooves on the side with a blacked interior.This ash bowl was found in a cesspit behind a medieval house on Milk Street, which in 1276 belonged to Bonamicus 'Jew of York'. Any medieval household, rich or poor would have had a range of wooden vessels like this for the storage and consumption of food and drink. Skilled craftsmen called turners made wooden vessels on a lathe. As the wood was turned on the lathe, the turner would shape the outside of the bowl and then gradually cut out the centre with a gouge.

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1250 AD - 1300 AD
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