The “Grodzka Gate – NN Theatre” Centre is a local government cultural institution based in Lublin. It works towards the preservation of cultural heritage and education. Its function is tied to the symbolic and historical meaning of the Centre’s location in the Grodzka Gate, which used to divide Lublin into its respective Christian and Jewish quarters, as well as to Lublin as a meeting place of cultures, traditions and religions.

Part of the Centre are the House of Words and the Lublin Underground Trail.

The “Grodzka Gate – NN Theatre” Centre is a local government cultural institution based in Lublin. It works towards the preservation of cultural heritage and education. Its function is tied to the symbolic and historical meaning of the Centre’s location in the Grodzka Gate, which used to divide Lublin into its respective Christian and Jewish quarters, as well as to Lublin as a meeting place of cultures, traditions and religions.

Part of the Centre are the House of Words and the Lublin Underground Trail.

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).

                                                       

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thirteenth-fourteenth century

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Bramowa Street

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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.

 

Author of image: Rafał Niedźwiadek
Prepared by: Jacek Jeremicz
The holder of artifact: Rafał Niedźwiadek, ARCHEE company