This elegant type of pottery drinking cup was popular in Roman Britain during the 3rd and 4th centuries. It was probably used as a wine cup, with the surface indentations acting as a form of handle that enabled the user to maintain a good grip.
Made primarily in the Nene Valley around the present-day Peterborough, these pots were distributed widely throughout Britannia and found extensively on Hadrian's Wall. As with the original, this pot has been thrown on a potter's wheel.
Slight Second - This beaker has a large chip in the rim and is being sold as a second for this reason.
After each cup is hand thrown on a potter's wheel, it has then been wood fired in an authentic replica of a Roman Pottery Kiln at the Vindolanda Museum, to a temperature of between 800 & 1000 Centigrade. We have used the same techniques that the original potters would have employed nearly two thousand years ago. This process often results in variations of the surface colour and texture, emulating original Roman Pottery and giving each pot its unique character.
Terracotta clay, fired under reduction conditions
Approx. 155mm tall, 100mm diameter
Health and Safety
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 use, which does add to the taste of future dishes. However, it does also mean 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 ceramic pots, they relied on applying 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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