Roman pottery was used for utilitarian purposes and widely produced throughout the Empire in specialised workshops, which created distinctive forms blending local and Roman decorative traditions and production styles. A broad division between ‘coarse’ and ‘fine’ ware is normally used to classify the wide range of Roman vessels; the former being used for storage and transportation purposes, the latter comprising serving vessels or tableware with intricate relief or painted decorations. Greyware vessels are commonly found in the Romano-British Isles and was produced between the 1st to the 5th century AD. New production methods were introduced with the Roman conquest, such as the potter’s wheel, which allowed for a fast production of thin-walled and smooth vessels.
Ancient Roman Greyware Flagon with Floral Motifs
A fine Ancient Roman greyware flagon featuring a bulbous body, which raises from a flat, short foot and tapers into a narrow neck. The vessel opens at the top into a small mouth and presents a solid handle attached to the shoulder, then pulled out and downwards to the body. The coarse outer surface is enriched by three floral motifs, perhaps palm fronds, crudely carved onto the body.
Condition: Fine condition