Fruit for the Empress!
Poppea was the wife of infamous emperor Nero. Today he is known for cruelty towards early Christians as well as for initiating the great fire of Rome, that nearly destroyed half the city. His wife Poppea on the other hand is way less infamous. She probably only rose to prominence because of her being marries to one of the Empires most notable and cruel emperors. She lived in her own villa near Rome. After said villa was discovered by archaeologists a great excavation begun. No stone was left unturned and no piece of gravel or dirt left untouched by the keen eyes of the archaeologists helping with the excavation. And they found something sensational! A wicker basket... how is a wicker basket sensational you might ask. It is because it is nearly 2000 years of age. Normally wicker does not conserve itself that long and just vanishes beforehand. That is why there are close to non notable finds of Roman wicker wares. That makes this basket not only unique but also a great source for archaeological studies of Roman craftsmanship and use of wicker. It was probably used to present fruit in.
The wicker basket at hand is an exact replica of the one Poppea used to call her own. If you too want to feel like Romans nobility or just want to present your fruit like the Roman empress did, then this is the basket for you! It is not the basket itself that is so great but the story behind it! This makes it not only a neat piece of decoration, but also a conversation piece!
Poppea's Wicker Basket Facts
- Height: approx. 10 cm
- Diameter: 32 cm
- Traditionally made by hand
- Made from 100% wicker
- Modeled after a real archaeological find
Forum Traiani ® registered trademark