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Hierarchy: Archaeological object » Instrumentum » Instrumentum–Type » metal, clay and glass container » Pot

Scope note: wide, deep kitchen container, with a large mouth caccabus, used for cooking pulmentum, i.e. the main dish. Frequently among the bronze kitchen containers, it normally has an ample convex base, with numerous variations in shape for the sides – truncated cone, cylindrical, or concave – with the handling system featuring either permanent or removable side handles, or a large diametrical handle with curved tips inserted on the outer rim, otherwise lacking altogether. Among the bronze containers found, pots are the most numerous; in groups of two or three, in combination with other types of containers such as boilers, small urns for drawing water, pans, etc. Pots, which also appear among kitchen crockery, even if not as frequently as those in bronze, are commonly and daily used fireproof pots, which are ordinary in shape and texture and documented in different patterns, such as truncated cone, cylindrical, with streamlined sides, jutted rim, hemispherical or flat based, with or without handles.