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Fragment of a whiteware tea cup/bowl (possibly handleless) exhibiting a cut-sponged and hand-painted floral motif.  Cut-sponge stamped decoration refers to the use of a sponge or sponge root cut into desired shapes which are then dipped into paint to produce a pattern.  Its widespread popularity as a decorative treatment post dates ca. 1845 (Robacker and Robacker 1978: 80).