circular, about ¾ in. across, or elongated, up to
2½ in. long, as on the sherd from Joyden's Wood. Most of the bosses on
the City jugs are impressed on the outside with a stamp resembling a
ribbed leaf. Outside London the hollow boss motif is infrequent. A good
example is recorded on a 13th-century green-glazed jug from Old Sarum,
Wiltshire.1 Hollow bosses of this kind represent a long-lived
Saxon technique, starting from the shoulder-bossed pots and Buckelurnen
of the early Anglo-Saxon period.2 This instance of the
survival of a decorative motif over a long period is not isolated, but
is amply supported by the frequent use of individual stamps in great
variety on pitchers and jugs of the late Saxon and medieval periods. The
evidence is particularly striking on pottery of the 11th and 12th
centuries in southern England, notably at Oxford3 and
Chichester,4 and on some of the richly decorated jugs of the
13th century from London.5
2. Baluster jug, represented by a rim with
upper end of handle (44), and the lower half of a handle circular in
section (45). The ware is light grey and sandy, with buff-light red
surface covered by white slip on the neck and body, and glazed light
green. The type is common in London6 and dated to the end of
the thirteenth century. The present example belongs to a variant with
wide mouth7 instead of the more usual incurved shape.
3. Tall ovoid jug with retracted foot, represented
by a fragment of the lower part and base (24). The ware is fine in
quality, cream-coloured and sandy, with thin light green glaze on the
side and a patch of dark green glaze under the base. This also is a
London type, some times profusely decorated.8
UNGLAZED JUGS (Fig. 6, 20-22)
These are represented by a rim (71), the upper parts of
three different handles (28,40 and 69), and a body sherd with bands of
combed lines running down the body (15). The ware is grey and sandy,
with harsh grey surface.
1 Wilts. Arch. Mag., XLVI,
268, pi. VII; Rackham, Medieval English Pottery, pi. 22.
2 Discussed by Dr. J. N. L. Myres in
several papers, notably in Arch. Journ., CVIII, 60ff.; Antiq.
Journ., XXXIV, 201 and XXXVII, 224; and in " Romano-Saxon
Pottery " in Dark-Age Britain: Studies presented to E. T. Leeds
3 Oxoniensia, XVII-XVIII, 89, fig.
34 and pi. VII, A.
4 Sussex Arch. Coll., XCI, 148,
figs. 11 and 14.
5 E.g. London Museum Medieval
Catalogue, 213, frontispiece and pi. XLI.
6 Ibid., 216, fig. 69, 6.
7 As Guildhall Museum Catalogue, pi.
8 London Museum Medieval Catalogue, 214,
pi. LXI; British Museum Catalogue of English Pottery 1903), 69,