Head jars 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. Although there are also many examples of these head jars found in Europe.
Each of your pots is inspired by original finds where elaborate hairstyles and facial features have been carefully hand modelled onto a wheel through pot. Notable examples of originals include some very fine jars that were discovered at Piercebridge Roman Fort, County Durham. As well as, one from York which is said to be modelled on the Empress Julia Domna.
Their function and significance is, as of yet, unknown as they have been found in a variety of locations including burials, Roman forts and in domestic environments.
Every jar is thrown on a potters wheel before having a drying period. After this the individual decoration and features are hand modelled into every pot using similar tools, techniques and stamps as the original Roman potters.
Each pot has been wood fired in an authentic replica of a Roman Pottery Kiln at Vindolanda Museum, to a temperature of between 800°C & 1000°C, using 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
Terracotta, reduction fired
Approx 115mm tall, 115mm diameter
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 of the food being stored, which does add to the flavour 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 it is used for storing food. When the Romans used these storage jars they would rely on applying sufficient heat to the cooking pot and their contents 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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