Romano-British pottery beakers come in a variety of forms. Perhaps two of the most significant areas of production were the New Forest and Nene Valley kilns.
New Forest Roman pottery was made just to the east of Fordingbridge in Wiltshire. The area was ideal for pottery production; clay, water and wood, the raw materials for making ceramics, were readily available. The potteries operated from the 3rd to the end of the 4th century AD. The first recorded discovery of kilns for producing this ware dates back to the middle of the 19th century at Crock Hill and the Island Thorns enclosure.
Nene Valley Colour Coated Ware (or Castor Ware) was produced in the lower Nene Valley (cantered around Water Newton) from the mid-2nd to 4th centuries AD. The decoration of these vessels is quite distinctive. The most common forms are cornice-rimmed and bag-beakers. Where decoration occurs it includes barbotine (both under and over the slip), rouletting and grooving. Hunt scenes in barbotine decoration are well known from the earlier part of the industry, with the use of whorls instead of these beginning in the 3rd century AD.
Condition: Intact with small loss to rim (no repairs). Surface pitted from prolonged burial in acidic soil.
Dimensions: Height: 70 mm. Width: 50 mm.
Provenance: Ex. private collection, UK; acquired at UK auction house. Discovered in Carlisle UK in 1859 or 1860.
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