Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Domestic rites of the 21st Century CE

Looking through a Sportsman's Guide catalog, I saw this portable fireplace. It is copper with a wrought iron stand, made in the former imperial province of Anatolia.

Lift out the grill, and it seems to cry out for libations, which you pour from the patera. You can see a fine silver one from the sacred spring of Minerva Sullis in Bath, while here is a pewter version.

Detailed instructions for serious Romans are here, while what you might call the children's version is here.

It's a pity that the stand does not bring the firebowl up to waist height. I need an ironworker to make me a tripod.


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