Here we have a 3000 - 4000-year-old terracotta dipper cup from Britain's Bronze Age.


The vast majority of Bronze Age and Iron Age pottery on today's arts and antiquities markets come from burial mounds (or tumuli) which are common in the British countryside, and the majority of which were excavated in the Victorian period. Pottery vessels of this period typically consisted of urns, beakers, bowls, dipper cups, pots, and as we have here, jars.


Other than two small holes as shown in the photographs, the jar is almost entirely intact and displays a globular body.


Mounted on a plinth of oak.




  • Acquired by Timeless in 2020, previously the property of a West Essex gentleman. Formerly in a 1980s collection of ancient ceramics.