Roman Bronze Strainer

£ 800.00

An Ancient Roman cast bronze wine strainer featuring a central, deep cavity with punched holes in the centre of a shallow, wide bowl. The long, sturdy handle is decorated with a stylised animal’s head terminal, which flares out from the upper portion. A wide rim surrounds the whole bowl. The tiny holes piercing the central part of the bowl form a delicate aesthetically pleasant decorative pattern, as such strainers were usually stored on kitchen walls. Further decoration includes incised geometric pattern to the handle.

Date: Circa 1st – 3rd century AD
Condition: Fine, complete and intact with green patina to the surface. The item is mounted on a custom made stand, ideal for display.


Product Code: RES-74
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Wine strainers were part of the group of containers intended for the table, a necessary accessory of a refined drinking service, vasa potoria. This strainer would have been used to filter wine from sediments and dregs. Bronze strainers were also used in kitchenware, in the preparation of sauces. Strainers have been largely recovered in graves, as part of the feasting and drinking equipment, which accompanied the social Etruscan and Roman elite to the next world. Rituals related to wine were already present in Etruria since the end of the Bronze Age. However, contact with Greek culture marked a profound evolution. Wine became more deeply linked to the religious dimension, used collectively in celebrations to the gods and in funeral ceremonies. Wine became quickly the main character of social rituals, banquets and symposia.

To learn more about everyday bronze items in the Classical World, visit our relevant post: Everyday Items in the Classical World.

Dimensions H 24 cm

Southern Europe



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