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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Roman: Pottery: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1281779

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1st-2nd Century AD

Composed of an ovoid body on a flat base with a slender neck terminating in a wide, slightly concave rim. Two handles are applied from shoulder to just below the rim and the vessel is decorated with a deep red, burnished slip.

In original condition, light chips on the rim and handles of the vessels, otherwise intact.

7.54 x 4.90 inches (19.17 x 12.47 cm)

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The term “terra sigillata” literally translates from the Latin as “clay bearing little images” but is applied to any pottery made during the late Hellenistic-early Roman periods which is embellished with the glossy, red slip seen on this example. This type of surface treatment was introduced in the Western Empire around 50 BC and was then adopted by other areas such as Gaul and Northern Africa, with Northern African terra sigillata soon replacing its Italian predecessor. This example was most likely made in the Eastern Empire where such surface treatments had been in use since the 2nd Century BC.