The Colchester Gladiator Vase / Cup
The Colchester Gladiator Vase / Cup
The Colchester Gladiator Vase / Cup
The Colchester Gladiator Vase / Cup
The Colchester Gladiator Vase / Cup
The Colchester Gladiator Vase / Cup
The Colchester Gladiator Vase / Cup
The Colchester Gladiator Vase / Cup
The Colchester Gladiator Vase / Cup
The Colchester Gladiator Vase / Cup
The Colchester Gladiator Vase / Cup
The Colchester Gladiator Vase / Cup
The Colchester Gladiator Vase / Cup

The Colchester Gladiator Vase / Cup

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Details

In 1848 the original of this exquisite barbotine decorated cup was unearthed in a Roman grave at West Lodge in Colchester.  Since its discovery it has received the sort of attention and fame that is due a great artist masterpiece such as this, with some claiming that is has no equal.  

It was probably made in or around Colchester, the centre of the Nene Valley Roman pottery industry, about AD 175 when this sumptuous pottery style was at its most popular. 

We have replicated this superb vessel using barbotine slip decorating techniques that were authentic to the Romano-British potters of the time.  Although they remain anonymous, the potter who artfully crafted this would  have been a true master. With this in mind, we have devoted much care and attention to the replication this exquisite and extravagant masterpiece, so we can pay tribute the great talent of this unknown master. 

Like the ornate original, this cup has been made larger and more elaborately decorated than your average hunt cup would have been and is likely to have been a bespoke commission, depicting a very specific gladiatorial event.  .

The real beauty of this piece is that the potter has captured the spectacle of a Roman Arena or Circus scene, giving the viewer a glimpse into this fascination ancient world.  The first gladiator, a  Retiarius, meaning “net man”, who fought with a weighted net, a three-pointed trident and a dagger, is seen in combat with a Secutor armed with a gladius and scutum (short sword and shield).  With his finger raised in the air and his weapon lying uselessly at his feet, the Retiarius indicates submission perpetually awaiting his fate. 

In the next panel we see the brutality of the games, with two Bestiarii, one armed with a whip and the other with a pair of clubs, fighting a Bear. 

The final scene is more typical of Hunt cups with a classic “Hunt Scene” showing a stampede of Deer, Hares and Dogs that rush across the face of the cup.

Possibly the most fascinating aspect of this celebrated ancient artwork, is that it has been inscribed with the names of four of the performers in this event.  The inscription reads:  Secundus   Mario  Memnon SAC VIIII   Valetinu Legionis XXX.  It is believed that Secundus and Mario are the names of the Bestiarii, Memnon is a  Seutor who has survived nine gladiatorial conflicts and his opponent Valentinus is of the Legionis XXX or 30th Legion of the Roman Army.  It truly is an object of great archaeological and artistic importance.  

 

Materials

Earthenware clay

Dimensions

Approx 220 mm tall, 170 mm diameter 

Production

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 between 800 & 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, as is common with the original Roman Pottery.  As each pot varies ever so slightly you many not receive the exact cup in the images. You can be sure that due to the variations caused by the firing and hand-making process, your pot will be a one of a kind. 

Postage
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