Bowls such as this would have been used in both ancient Greek (Phiale) and ancient Roman (Patera) rituals to give offerings of wine, honey or milk to the Gods.
A common offering would have been wine mixed with water, this wine would be decanted from a jug or flagon into the phiale and then poured onto the ground in offering to the Gods. Any remaining wine may then have been drunk my the worshipper.
The nob in the centre of the dish is hollowed to allow the user to easily and comfortably hold the bowl during the various stages of the ritual. Called the 'navel' or 'omphalos' this style of libation bowl is sometimes referred to as a mesomphalic phiale.
Individually thrown on the potters wheel with the naval initially made as a solid lobe in the centre of the dish, each is bowl later returned to the wheel to have the back of the naval hollowed out and the base elegantly shaped.
It has been fired to replicate the original firing methods to a temperature of between 800°C & 1000°C. This process often results in variations of the surface colour and texture, emulating original Roman Pottery and giving each pot it's unique character.
Terracotta with a red slip finish.
Approx 45mm tall, 180mm diameter
Health & 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 of the offering being used. Therefore, it does also mean that this pot does not meet modern Health and Safety standards and we do not advise that it is used for food or drink. When the Romans used these dishes they would rely on the antibacterial properties of wine and honey as well as ensuring that the bowl was carefully washes and fully dried between uses. And a 10 minute dunk in boiling water would kill most gems.
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