We based this replica upon the upper section of a beautiful Roman face flagon found during excavations at Corbridge; the sherd now makes up part of English Heritage's roman collection.
Corbridge makes up one of the many fascinating Roman sites that run along Hadrian's Wall. However, unlike many of these sites, Corbridge was not a heavily guarded fortress but a busy supply town. At Corbridge, you would find average Roman civilians and soldiers picking the daily supplies they required. Many of them would use pottery flagons to collect the items they needed, such as olive oil and wine. Perhaps it was during one such visit to the bustling town when the original of this magnificent vessel became broken.
Whatever the reason for the breakage, we were thrilled to discover the existence of this charming ancient face and have recreated the flagon taking inspiration from the original sherd.
Earthenware clay and a thin glaze
Approx. 300 mm tall, diameter 200 mm
As with all our Museum Quality Replicas, we have made this pot, as the original would have been, entirely by hand from natural clay and using replicas of the types of tool that the ancient makers would have used.
Health & Safety
This pot is a Museum Quality Replica made using the tools and techniques that ancient potters would have used during this era. As this is an unglazed pot with a porous surface, it will absorb some of the flavours during the cooking process or when used as food storage, 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 you use it for cooking or storing foodstuffs. When ancient cooks used these pots, they relied on applying sufficient heat to the pot and contents to ensure that the heat killed all bacteria. 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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