This pair of braziers or hobs are based on a set from the ancient Greek settlement of Akrotiri, a town that was covered in a layer of ash during a volcanic eruption around 1500 BCE. Like Pompeii the eruption was so great that it entirely destroyed the settlement, and also like Pompeii, it preserved a great deal of archaeological evidence in the process.
Positioned on a good trading route between Europe and the Middle East, Akrotiri had once been a rich and bustling urban centre. Where, it is likely, vendors touted their freshly cook street food to passing merchants and locals. Some of this food would have been cooked on a portable kebab braziers similar in design to this replica. The original of which was discovered amongst the remains of this prehistoric Minoan port town.
Approx. 175 mm tall base to bull horns,130 mm base to ridged top, 300 mm length
This replica pair of Greek braziers or hobs, have been hand made in Northumberland by Potted History, based on an original artefact. It has been fired to emulate the authentic Roman firing conditions, to a temperature of between 800°C & 1000°C, as the original potters would have done nearly two thousand years ago. This process often results in variations of the surface colour and texture, as is found with original Roman Pottery and giving each pot it's unique character.
Health and Safety
This is a Museum Quality Replica made using the tools and techniques that would have been used during the Minoan era. As this is an unglazed item with a porous surface it will absorb some of the flavours during the cooking process. So it does not meet modern Health and Safety standards and therefore we do not advise that it is used for cooking with. When the Minoans cooked with this style of brazier they would rely on applying sufficient heat to the ceramic to ensure that all bacteria was killed. They did this by slowly heating the ceramic to over 70°C and holding this temperature, or more, for at least 10 minutes. This would have killed most disease causing bacteria and temperatures of 100°C would do even more.
If you do choose to use your brazier for experimental archaeological purposes then ensure you follow advice from your local fire services. UK fire service information can be found here
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