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.
Ancient Roman Terracotta Flask
An Ancient Roman terracotta flask featuring a globular body resting on a flat base. The vessel raises and tapers into a tall cylindrical neck with a flattened rim. The outer walls present some sings of abrasion, whilst the inner walls display faint ridges, showing how the clay was worked during the wheel-production process.
Condition: Good condition. Some chips and abrasions to the surface consistent with age.