Our ‘object of the week’ is this unusual Roman with a face vessel. The exact purpose of this type of vessel is unknown: some have been found at ritual sites, but others have been found in domestic contexts. It is made from Crambeck greyware, with a white slip and red paint decoration on the face flagon. The details that have been emphasised on the face are the eyes, eyebrows and mouth. The body is globular shaped with painted line decoration in red. The faces portrayed on these vessels are all individual and distinct. We do not know if they are intended to represent gods or real people who lived in Roman Britain.
The vessel was excavated from Binchester Roman fort. The Crambeck pottery industry started in the late third century and continued into the fourth century. This was unusual, as at the end of the Roman period Samian imports were decreasing and British producers were producing less, however, Crambeck increased production.
This object is on display in the Museum of Archaeology
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