Punch Bowl

Artist/maker unknown, English

Made in England, Europe
Probably made in Liverpool, England, Europe

c. 1750

Tin-glazed earthenware with polychrome decoration

Diameter: 9 inches (22.9 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

* Gallery 277a, European Art 1500-1850, second floor

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. Welles Henderson, 1976

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A 1696 definition for punch, a beverage that had been around in some form since the early seventeenth century, describes it as “a kind of Indian drink made of Lime-Juice, Brandy, and other Ingredients.” The word may have been derived from the Hindi and Urdu word for “five,” a reference to the number of ingredients that were sometimes included in the recipe. Punch was poured into small cups with a ladle or drunk directly from the bowl, which was probably the case with bowls of this small size.

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