Wassail Wool Bowl

Wassail Wool Bowl

£5,650.00
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About this item

The word "Wassail" derives from the old English world "waes hael" meaning "be well".
This type of bowls are almost exclusively of the hard and dense grained wood of the west Indian tree known as the "guaiacum tree", (“tree of life" a tree held in much repute for its medicinal qualities). They were used to contain a large quantity of hot liquid. The earliest reference to that type of antiquity in English history is around the 6th century, on the days of king Vortigern.
In more recent times, that type of bowl was used in monasteries as "poculum cariatis" the cup of charity.
In the popular ceremonies, a bowl decked with ribbons and rosemary was carried around the streets at Christmas and the New Year by maidens who sang carols as they went.
Everything points to the wassail bowl as a cup to be used at ceremonial or convivial gatherings.
Te wassail bond was composed of wine or ale with nutmegs, apples, ginger, cloves.

Additional dimensions information:

Dm 23 cm

Dimensions

W23.0 x H23.0 x D23.0 cm

Condition

Used

Wear condition

Good

Date of manufacture

Unknown

Place of origin

United Kingdom

Material

Carved Wood

Period

18th Century and Earlier

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VAT status

Seller is VAT registered

SKU

44237001
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