The Colchester Gladiator Vase / Cup
The Colchester Gladiator Vase / Cup
The Colchester Gladiator Vase / Cup
The Colchester Gladiator Vase / Cup
The Colchester Gladiator Vase / Cup
The Colchester Gladiator Vase / Cup

The Colchester Gladiator Vase / Cup

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Details

This superb replica Roman Barbotine “Hunt Cup” is based on an original find from Colchester.  Like the original this cup has been made larger and more elaborately decorated than your average hunt cup would have been and is likely to depict a very specific gladiatorial event.  

In 1848 this exquisite barbotine decorated cup was discovered in a Roman grave at West Lodge in Colchester.  It was probably made in or around Colchester, the centre of the Nene Valley Roman pottery industry, about AD 175.

The real beauty of this piece is that the potter has captured the spectacle of a Roman Arena or Circus scene with two Gladiators, a  retiarius, meaning “net man”, who fought with a weighted net, a three-pointed trident and a dagger, in combat with a Secutor armed with a gladius and scutum (short sword and shield).

In the next panel we see the brutality of the games with two Bestiarii, one armed with a whip and the other with a pair of clubs, fighting a Bear. 

The final scene is more typical of Hunt cups with a classic “Hunt Scene” showing a stampede of Deer, Hares and Dogs that rush across the face
of the cup.

Like the original this really is a special piece! 

Materials

Earthenware clay

Dimensions

Approx 180 mm tall, 160 mm diameter 

Production

As with all my Museum Quality Replicas this pot has been made, as the original would have been,  entirely by hand from natural clay and using replicas of the types of tool that the Roman makers would have used.


Postage
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