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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Pottery mortarium. The maker's name, Sollus, is stamped on the rim.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1stC
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 297 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        maker's mark
      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Content

        SOLLVS F
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Sollus fecit
      • Inscription Translation

        Sollus made (me)
  • Curator's comments

    Pottery mortarium

    Roman Britain, 1st century AD
    From London

    Roman tastes in food favoured the use of sauces, relishes and subtly-blended herbs and spices. Such ingredients often needed to be ground or puréed, and a strong mixing-bowl with a grit-roughened interior was, therefore, an essential kitchen utensil.

    Mortaria first appear in Britain before the Roman conquest, implying that there were people, whether British or immigrants, who enjoyed Roman cuisine, just as there were British aristocrats who eagerly imported wine from the Roman world. This particular mortarium is stamped on the rim with the name of the manufacturer, Sollus, and was made in the early Roman period in the Verulanium (St Albans, Hertfordshire) area.


  • Location

    On display: G49/dc21

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Found 1926

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number


COMPASS Title: Pottery mortarium;Pottery mortarium


COMPASS Title: Pottery mortarium;Pottery mortarium

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