Columbia Plain type Majolica


Florida Museum of Natural History, Tallahassee, Florida

Columbia Plain type Majolica

Produced from 1490 to 1565 CE, originating in Spain

Also known as Columbia Plain green dipped, this Majolica originated in Spain and was spread throughout the Carribean via trade and use. It is very similar to Columbia Plain except a portion of the vessel is covered with a green (light, grass, or turquoise) lead glaze applied usually by dipping over a off-white cream or grey/white tin enameled ceramic. Small fragments are found that may be totally covered with the green glaze that could actually be another lead-glazed ware – so classification needs to be considered. Often used with bowls, escudilla, jars, and plato. appliqued appendages sometimes have vertical I-shaped lug handles. This pottery classification is written about by Deagan (1987), Fairbanks (1973), Goggin (1968), and Lister n’ Lister (1982).

Florida Museum of Natural History Pottery Classification Guide: Columbia Plain type Majolica

    “Ship wreck artifacts: from Florida’s coast. (2) Majolica fragments, Columbia Plain type: Columbia Plain was a common majolica type manufactured from 1492-1650 CE. (3) Lead-glazed earthenware pot. ” ~ Diorama/display in the Florida Museum of Natural History, Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo 091712-55.jpg) Ship Wreck artifacts: http://www.piraterelief.com/plank/?p=277 (Expected publication January 2013).


Florida Museum of Natural History, Tallahassee, Florida

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