Here we have a 2000 - 2500-year-old burnished blackware dipper cup from Britain's Iron 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, jars, pots, and as we have here, dipper cups.
Dipper cups are identified by looped handles sitting high on the cup's shoulder (which allowed the owner to fully 'dip the cup' into a cauldron or pipkin). This particular example was originally discovered in Devon and was almost certainly made by the Celtic Durotriges tribe of Dorset, Wiltshire, Devon and Somerset. This piece is one of a collection of three Iron Age vessels, now available in the Timeless Galleries.
Mounted on a plinth of oak. Printed documentation is included.
IRON AGE BLACKWARE DIPPER CUP
Acquired by Timeless in 2019, previously part of an old English collection formed in the 1980s. Thought to have originated in Devon, U.K.