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Funerary jar

Funerary jar

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    2000 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Stair, Julian (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Red stoneware, thrown and constructed

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of Adrian Sassoon Esq.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 142, The Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Gallery, case 13, shelf 3 []

Since prehistoric times, people have used durable ceramic vessels as containers for cremated ashes. Many contemporary makers prompt us to think about how we hold or use ceramics, particularly for food and drink, but here Stair offers an alternative perspective on the relationship between the vessel and the human body.

Physical description

Oval funerary jar with lid. Constructed from thrown sections. The surface is decorated with an incised spiral line. Red stoneware, the exterior unglazed, black-glazed interior.

Place of Origin

London (made)


2000 (made)


Stair, Julian (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Red stoneware, thrown and constructed

Marks and inscriptions

'JS' impressed seal
maker's identification; on base


Height: 11.1 cm with lid, Width: 18.5 cm, Depth: 17.2 cm

Descriptive line

Oval funerary jar, made by Julian Stair, 2000

Production Note

Produced as a companion piece to the porcelain jar acquired at the same time (C.15-2000).




Throwing (pottery technique)


Studio Pottery


Ceramics Collection

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