Summary

This tea cup was reconstructed from a group of fragments that were excavated at one of the digs on the Commonwealth Block between 1988 and 2003. The pattern is known as 'Brosley'.

Uncovering past food practices.
Of all the archaeological material uncovered in the Little Lon excavations, the remnants of eating and drinking are the most numerous. Broken plates, bowls, cups and cutlery were thrown into rubbish piles with smashed jars that once held jam and pickles, and jugs that held water or cordial. Shells from oysters, abalone and coconuts were tossed in with bones from mutton, beef, rabbit and pork. Pips and seeds from fruit and vegetables were also added to the piles. These objects offer clues to the food consumed by residents of Little Lon, and are important in the rediscovery of a people, place and time long vanished.

Physical Description

This is a small, reconstructed, ceramic tea cup. It is printed with pale blue with a clear glaze. The pattern depicts a pattern of pergodas, bridges and trees. On the rim there is a pattern of flowers, leaves, branches. It has no maker's mark.

Physical Description

Includes about 95% of a small tea cup, blue, clear glaze, with a pattern of pergolas and bridge, also delicate pattern of trees on back. Rim pattern of flowers, leaves, branches. Unmarked. Pale 'Brosley' pattern. Also includes nearly 100% of a deep blue glazed plate, crazed, with view of pagoda, trees, steps, figures with umbrellas, bridge. Chen-Si I.M. mark. plate, almost 100% complete.Fragment of matching piece also found. Also part of plate reconstituted at 57/13/-/37/-. Tea cup matches this.

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