This crucible is made of earthenware ceramic, a type of pottery that is usually twice fired, once to the point of vitrification (making the material slightly porous) and a second time with a glaze to overcome the porosity. It displays the wide rim and single pouring lip common of the crucibles of the time period. It measures 80 mm in height and 98 mm in diameter. The size of this crucible classifies it as medium-sized, indicating that it was most likely used to smelt the copper alloys of which many household items were made. This tool was produced sometime between the middle of the eleventh century and the twelfth century.
High Medieval (1000-1300)
Still Image Item Type Metadata
H 80 mm; DM (girth) 98 mm
“Crucible,” Medieval London, accessed August 11, 2020, https://medievallondon.ace.fordham.edu/items/show/39.