Roman Head Pot

Complete female head pot

200AD - 230AD

These curious pots became fashionable in the early part of the 3rd century.  Parts of up to 50 different head pots have been found in York.

They seem to be connected to the time that the African Emperor, Septimius Severus, spent in York.  It's thought that they were first made in the city by soldier potters from North Africa around 211-12 AD.

This particular example is superb - not only is it beautifully made but it is complete.  Furthermore, the hairstyle and facial details suggest that it is modelled on Severus' Syrian wife, Julia Domna, who stayed in York with him.


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