Unglazed vase, Spain

Unglazed vase, Spain

Unglazed vase
Spain, probably Guadix
1872
Biscuit earthenware
Museum no. 981A to J-1872

The potter probably made this complex vase to demonstrate his virtuosity. Essentially a container with nine cups attached, the design seems to follow a traditional form - a similar piece appears in a 17th-century Spanish still life.

Unglazed pottery was often used for water containers in Spain and the Mediterranean, as it permitted evaporation and so cooled the liquid inside.