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Andalusia Polychrome Juglets

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Artifact Description

The “Tortugas” shipwreck ceramic assemblage contains a major collection of 2,304 kitchen and tableware rims, handles, bases and sherds, the most extensive associated with the 1622 Tierre Firma fleet scientifically excavated to date. These derive from 22 types of pottery forms (1,390 tin-glazed maiolica sherds, 84 blue-painted tablewares, 279 South American colonoware kitchen vessels, 218 unglazed coarse redwares and 333 glazed coarse redwares). Other than the South American colonoware cooking pots and pans, a San Juan polychrome maiolica juglet, one Columbia Plain bowl sub-form of possible New World origin, and one Portuguese jug, these products are currently all identified as being of Spanish origin centered on Seville.

The tablewares recovered from the “Tortugas” wreck site include a vibrant set of two-handled Andalusia Polychrome juglets, one version painted with a dark blue fruit motif on a lighter blue surface, the second with blue and yellow floral motifs overlying a brownish cream background (Type 5, H. 9.6cm to mid-neck, body Diam. 9.8cm, body Th. 0.57cm; Fig. 16). This form comprises 2.3% of the tablewares and presumably was best suited to the pouring of oil at the table.

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