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Unstan Bowl with Silver Gilded Rim


The form and stick stabbed decoration on this bowl are drawn from bowls found at the chambered tomb of Isbister on the island of South Ronaldsay in Orkney.

This stunning cairn sits above the cliffs of the Pentland Firth and is otherwise known as the Tomb of the Eagles. Stick stabbed decoration was common amongst the pots recovered from this tomb; it is one of my favourite decorative techniques of this era of pottery as it is so immediate to the environment that people lived in.

My pot has been fired in wood to give the fire-clouded appearance common to Unstan Ware. The decoration is a stick stabbed motif around the carination with a chevron pattern. I have taken the liberty of ornamenting this pot with a pure silver gilded rim just because I wanted to!! It measures 18.5cm diameter and 8 cm high.

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