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The Medieval Period (1100AD - 1499AD)

Castles

Tripod cooking pot

Period:
Medieval
Description:

During the early Middle Ages earthenware cooking vessels were used.  By the 1300s pottery had been replaced by metal, usually bronze, an alloy of tin and copper.  The most common shape was the cauldron with three legs and an angular handle at either side of the neck.  These pots were either hung from a chain over the fire, or stood directly in the flames.

 

The same design of pot, made in cast iron, was in general use up until 150 years ago.  It lives on in our image of the "witches cauldron".

Materials/Media:
metal, bronze
Dimensions:
height 273mm, diameter (rim) 233mm
Source:
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
DUMFM:1981.179.4
Digital Number:
DMBC014n
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council