This is a really lovely example of an antique French handmade terracotta bowl. This was made around the beginning of the 1900's and would have been the staple part of any rustic farmhouse kitchen. There are two handles and also two grooves in the terracotta around the rim of the bowl above the handles. There are several suggestions as to why they are there, for the thumb to make it more secure and less slippery when holding the bowl is one. Or maybe just a part of the handmade process in carving out the handles. This really has been beautifully if very rustically made. As was always the case with these old bowls they were glazed inside and left natural and untouched on the outside. The bowl is heavy for its size and weighs 1lb 6ozs, 620 grammes. It is 7.5cms (3") high and 16cms (6.25") diameter. Including the handles it is 18.5cms (7.25") long.