Phallic Chariot Vase / Cup
Phallic Chariot Vase / Cup
Phallic Chariot Vase / Cup
Phallic Chariot Vase / Cup
Phallic Chariot Vase / Cup
Phallic Chariot Vase / Cup
Phallic Chariot Vase / Cup
Phallic Chariot Vase / Cup
Phallic Chariot Vase / Cup
Phallic Chariot Vase / Cup
Phallic Chariot Vase / Cup
Phallic Chariot Vase / Cup
Phallic Chariot Vase / Cup

Phallic Chariot Vase / Cup

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When this resplendent colour coated beaker was discovered at Great Chesterford, Essex, all those involved in the dig must have been giddy with excitement to find such a rare treasure as this. 

We have faithfully replicated this magnificent vessel using barbotine slip decorating techniques that were used by Romano-British potters, who originally created this style of barbotine decorated, colour coated beaker.  Although barbotine decoration was a popular technique for potters of this time, it would only have been a true master who was able to create scenes quite as complex as those shown in this beauty. 

Taking a great deal of time and care to create, grand vessels such as these were probably made by Romano-British pottery as a demonstration of their mastery of this stunning pottery style.   It may also be likely that such elaborate scenes were made as a special commission or for the most discerning of pottery enthusiasts. 

Dated to the late second or early third century, this stunning gem is currently in the collection of the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (MAA) at Cambridge University, (catalogue No. Z30141). It is described in the Museum catalogue:

 “Large beaker of colour-coated (Colchester) ware, with barbotine decoration showing a chariot-race, the chariots being drawn by teams of phalluses, which run on cocks' legs. Various other phalluses are dotted about the scene, also a couple indulging in sexual intercourse, after a fashion.”

Like the original, this replica really is a special piece! 


Earthenware clay


Approx. 220 mm tall, 180 mm diameter 


This replica Roman pot has been hand made in Northumberland by Potted History, based on an original artefact.  It has been fired to a temperature of between 800 & 1000 Centigrade, to emulate 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, as is common with the original Roman Pottery.  As each pot varies ever so slightly, you many not receive the exact cup in the images. You can be sure that due to the variations caused by the firing and hand-making process, your pot will be a one of a kind. 

All items are sent using a second class postal service, if you wish to have an item sent first class please contact me for a quote. Many Thanks




'Add To Cart' items are ready to send straight away. Please be aware that if bought alongside 'Pre-order' items, your order will be sent when all items are ready. 

'Pre-order' items are made to order, and we will dispatch them as soon as we have handcrafted them for you; this usually takes 90 days, but international orders can take a little longer.

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All items are sent using a second-class postal service. If you wish to have an item sent first class, please contact us for a quote. Many Thanks

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Then you can send it back at your own cost in an unused condition within 30 days, and we'll refund you for the cost of the item or items returned. If you include your order number with the returned package, that will speed things up. Please leave any original packaging intact.

Our returns address is:
Potted History, Gregory Court, Rothbury, Northumberland, NE65 7SW


Please be aware that due to items being handmade and finished, colour variations will occur during the making process, and each replica will have some differences.  Also, know that the item photographed may not be the one that you receive, and colours can appear differently on different screens.  Please ensure you look at all the images to get a fully formed idea of the item you are ordering as we try to capture the variations within the images we share.  If you prefer a specific colour variation, please contact us before ordering. 

Don't take our word for it

Hello Graham and Sarah, I wanted to message because I ordered your holy grail pot for my dad's birthday and he is over the moon with it.

Rachel Frankish

Many thanks again for all of the pottery - this will help bring our new Heritage learning programme to life!

Nottingham University Museum

I love it! I love everything about it, what it represents, why you made it and the history behind it. It was worth the wait! Thank you so much.

Gillian Castle

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