Money Box

This fine little object is one of two 13th century money-boxes found in the excavations of Waterford city centre. It is of Waterford ware which probably began production in that century. Jugs, dripping/baking dishes, an ointment jar and unglazed cooking pots were found of the same ware; the clay contained mica and little bits of this and quartz crystals are visible on the surface.

The glaze is lead with varying amounts of copper, giving a green to black range of colours. This object has a lustrous deep purple-black sheen and was made on a potter's wheel. Although complete, it consists of two pieces, probably broken to get the coins out. Similar glazed wares were found in Jerpointchurch townland, Co. Kilkenny. A range of pottery made in Waterford today has been inspired by this ware.

date/period: c.1220 A.D./Anglo-Norman

inventory no.: 1999.0055

collection: Waterford City Council

location: Reginald's Tower exhibition

dimensions: 90 mm

provenance: Found in excavations of Waterford city centre 1986-1992

material: Pottery

Further Reading:

Late Viking Age & Medieval Waterford Excavations 1986-1992. ISBN 1 872002 98 6

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