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Fragment of a man from a ridge tile: EC.26-1939

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)

Titles

fragment of a man from a ridge tile

Maker(s)

Probably Ely Pottery (Pottery)

Description

Eathenware, with incised decoration and green lead-glaze. The head, shoulders and top of the right arm of a man, probably wearing mail

Notes

History note: Dug up about ten yards north-west of the western jamb of the central arch (bearing the college arms on its north and Fishers arms on its south face) of the new building at St John's College, Cambridge, on 12th October 1929.

Legal notes

Given by the Master and Fellows of St John's College

Measurements and weight

Height: 6½ in
Width: 3 3/4 in

Place(s) associated

  • Ely ⪼ Cambridgeshire ⪼ England

Find spot

  • St John's College

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1939) by St John's College

Dating

13th/14th Century
1200 CE - 1400 CE

Note

Probably made in Ely, Decorated ridges were a feature of medieval houses. In the 13th century zoomorphic and anthropomorphi finials were used to ornament them, some, larger than this were hollow and served as louvers, others were purely decorative. They continued in the 14th century (see Documentation, Wood).

Zoomorphic and anthropomorphic finials for ridge tiles were fashionable in the 13th and 14th centuries. This example was found near the new buildings at St John’s College on 2 October, 1939.

School or Style

Medieval

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Surface composed of lead-glaze ( green) Decoration

Materials used in production

Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Hand-modelling

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Identification numbers

Accession number: EC.26-1939
Primary reference Number: 76922
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 9 February 2021 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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