Samovar, Pompeii


Liana Miate
published on 12 September 2017
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A samovar was used to serve warm liquids. Charcoal in the hollow centre of the vessel heated the water within the double wall. The liquid then came out of a tap decorated as a head of an eastern barbarian. Three suspension terminals feature a siren or harpy. These were for a chain so the vessel could be carried.

From Pompeii. 1st century CE. Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, (photo taken at the National Maritime Museum, Sydney Australia)

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Liana Miate
Liana is the Social Media Editor for Ancient History Encyclopedia. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in ancient Greece, Rome & Late Antiquity. She is particularly passionate about Rome and Greece, and anything to do with mythology or women.

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