This cooking pot is a replica of a pot discovered by archaeologists in Pompeii and made up part of a fantastic kitchen set-up that included a ceramic foculus*, or brazier.
This cooking pot has a slightly rounded base that allows it to sit comfortably amongst the embers of a fire, on a foculus and in a small brazier**. However, it is still stable when placed on a flat-topped table.
A foculus is a style of brazier and hearth that would have allowed the user to cook up a variety of dishes at one time. The foculus unearthed at Pompeii was a truly fabulous kitchen gadget that ancient cooking enthusiasts covet, as I am sure ancient Roman cooks would have done.
To date, we have only made one foculus as a commission for Farrell Monaco, who provided us with invaluable research, photos, and measurements so that we could handcraft the foculus as accurately as possible for her.
Since receiving her foculus, Farrell has demonstrated its use to great effect by cooking up some fantastic ancient culinary creations. You can learn more about Farrell's work with the foculus here.
* To discuss ordering yourself a foculus or similar ancient kitchen set up, then contact us here
** If you are interested in purchasing a small brazier to use your pot, you can use your pot on our Roman brazier that is available through the shop. Details of brazier available here
Cooking Pot - Approx. 180 mm tall (with the lid on), 160 mm tall (without lid), 135 mm diameter.
This replica Roman pot was 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 post its unique character.
Health and Safety Cooking Pot
This is a Museum Quality Replica made using the tools and techniques that would have been used during the Roman era. As this is an unglazed pot with a porous surface, it will absorb some of the flavours during the cooking process, which does add to the flavour of future dishes. However, it also means that this pot does not meet modern Health and Safety standards, and therefore, we do not advise that it is used for cooking. When the Romans cooked in these pots, they would apply sufficient heat to the pot and contents to ensure that all bacteria were killed. Heating to over 70°C for at least 10 minutes would have killed most disease-causing bacteria, and temperatures of 100°C would do even more.
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