Posset pot with cover

British, Bristol

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 509

The posset pot was a type of lidded vessel used in England during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries for posset, a drink made from a mixture of curdled milk, spices, and alcohol. The serpents and curved scrolls found on the handles and the spotted bird finial on the lid represent more elaborate forms of decoration used on this household object.

Posset pot with cover, Delftware (tin-glazed earthenware), British, Bristol

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