Roman Head Pot, Vulcan, Herphaestus
Roman Head Pot, Vulcan, Herphaestus
Roman Head Pot, Vulcan, Herphaestus
Roman Head Pot, Vulcan, Herphaestus
Roman Head Pot, Vulcan, Herphaestus

Roman Head Pot, Vulcan, Herphaestus

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Head pots were widely used throughout Roman Britain and are some of the most striking ceramic items produced during Roman rule, and seem to have been a speciality of Romano-British potters.

This head pot has been made in the form of the Roman god Vulcan, Herphaestus in Greek mythology.  The first born of Juno and Jupiter he was different from the other god in that he was born stunted and unattractive, which caused his mother to cast him out moments after his birth. 

However his determination, intelligence and skills enabled him to rejoin his family later in life and earn his place as god of fire, blacksmiths, forges, the art of sculpture and volcanoes.  Brought up on the island of Lemnos by nymphs, Vulcan spent his time learning to master the art of metal work.  He became so skilled that he caught the attention of Jupiter and the other gods, who tasked him with making fearsome weapons, armour  and stunning jewellery for them, with the help of his Cyclopes assistants. 

He is also attributed with modelling Pandora out of his spittle and a lump of clay. Once complete his wife Venus breathed life into her and Jupiter gifted her with a box of secrets, so setting in motion the legend of Pandora's box.  

 At the front of this pot we see the face of Vulcan and on the back are depicted the tools of his trade.  


Earthenware, terracotta


Approx. 210 mm tall, 140 mm diameter


This replica Roman pot has been hand made in Northumberland by Potted History, inspired by original artefacts.  It has been fired to a temperature of between 800°C & 1000°C, to emulate the 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 it's unique character.

Health and Safety

As with all of our Museum quality replicas, this piece has been fired to achieve an authentic finish. Like the original it is unglazed and has no modern finishes applied. As a result this pot does not meet modern health and safety standards and, although decorative, I would not recommend that this pot be used for the storage of food. .

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