This wonderfully well preserved Castor ware beaker was found at Trimontium during James Curle’s excavations in the earlier 20th century. It shows a chase scene featuring a stag being pursued by a great-jawed hound and a hind chased by another hound. Both hounds have collars and it looks as though the chase scene is taking place in a woodland. This is evidenced by leaf and bud iconography in the background. This particular beaker dates from AD 140-180 and is now in the care of National Museums Scotland.
The beaker itself is made of a thin white ware that in covered with a black engobe. It is 4 ¾ inches high, with a mouth diameter of 3 ¾ inches and 1 ¾ inches at its base. Similar evidence of Castor ware vessels were found at the site, with most of them featuring some element of animal forms.
Image left: illustration of the design on the beaker. From James Curle A Roman Frontier Post and Its People.
Although the origins of this beaker are unknown, the name Castor ware derives from pottery from the Nene valley.