Oval boat-shaped feeding cup, with straight sides tapering to flat base and rising high toward covered front end. Two ribbed strap loop handles in centre of each side, with folded spur at lower terminal and applied scallop shell thumbpiece. S-shaped spout at covered front end of boat with relief-moulded mask at base, third handle at opposite end in the form of solid bar terminating in animal's head, possibly dog or seal. Sides and cover decorated with stepped ribs impressed with rows of circles giving impression of structure of wooden boat. Pale cream coloured body with yellowish, slightly speckled glaze.
Personal Ritual Life is given structure by ritual and routine; we take comfort in the familiar patterns of each day. Some of these are public and community-based whilst others are more intimate, intensely personal - small moments that keep us in touch with ourselves. From sitting in front of a dressing room mirror preparing yourself for the day ahead, to relaxing in the bath when the day's work is done, our lives are made up of these little performances that keep us feeling healthy, happy and connected. These are the times we devote entirely to ourselves, to the contemplation of our space in the world. Here are personal possessions of an intimate nature, the contents of pockets and handbags, aids to beauty, good health and long life, the means for putting our thoughts down on paper. All these objects reflect our most private moments, and all form the subject of Personal Ritual.
Place of creation
Bequeathed by Thomas Tylston Greg
© Manchester Art Gallery