Details Within Roman society the hearth fire held great importance, not only within the household, but for the Empire as a whole. The virgin goddess Vesta was held in high regard as the keeper of the eternal hearth fire and the guardian of the Roman people. As well as, being a goddess of the home, the family and bakers. (She was a busy lady)
The Temple Of Vesta in Rome, as with most temples to Vesta, is recognisable for its circular structure. Within the centre of the temple was the inner most sanctuary, an area not open to the public, where the eternal hearth fire burned. This fire was tended to by the Vestal Virgins and only extinguished once a year on March 1st , which was original the date of the Roman new year. If the fire were to go out at any other time it would be considered an omen of disaster for Rome.
Also know as Hestia in Greek Mythology.
White Earthenware or Pipe clay
Approx. 300 mm tall, 110 mm width, 70 depth mm
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 8000 & 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 and giving each piece it's unique character.
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