Pottery signatures on the bottoms of clay vessels
Various marks on the bottom fragments of pottery: spoked wheels (left), two straight, tapered lines (middle), a cross (right).
Description of the artifact
The potters "signed" their products with different marks placed on the bottom of the vessel. The appearance of pottery marks in various shapes, different than the shape of a cross, suggests that the inhabitants of Lublin used dishes from several pottery workshops. The signatures also served as a sign of quality, and perhaps the basis for "complaints" in case of problems. Variety of pottery marks indicates an intense development of handcraft and their competitive struggle for customers.