It has long been thought that Romans used these charming little cups throughout the Empire to enjoy their favourite tipple, wine. However, the historic cooking expert Sally Grainger, probably the leading expert in the Roman sauce Garum, suggested that the Romans actually used them to serve Garum.
Through her research and cooking practice, Sally has looked at the ware patterns that often appear in the bottoms of these small Samian ware bowls.
She has discovered that these cups or bowls have evidence of having been stirred regularly, leaving marks on the base of the bowl that is consistent with our understanding of how Garum was served at a Roman table. The sauce would have been mixed with a small amount of water and stirred, creating the patterning.
A style of Samian Ware, these cups are made in the form of Dragondorff 27. We know you love a bit of archaeological detail.
Samian Ware would have been made in Gaul, where the fine red illite clay deposits were ideal for this sort of production before being sent out to all the corners of the Roman Empire.
Terracotta and red slip finish
Approx. 65 mm high, 105 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 over 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, emulating original Roman Pottery and giving each pot it's unique character. When ordering you may not get the exact cup photographed and the colouring may vary slightly.
Health and 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 during use, which does add to the flavour of future beverages. However, it does also mean that this pot does not meet modern Health and Safety standards and therefore we do not advise that it is used. When the Romans cleaned these pots they would rely on applying sufficient heat to the pot to ensure that all bacteria was killed. 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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