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 Twin-Handled Jar
A fine Ancient Roman terracotta jug featuring a globular body resting on a convex base. The vessel tapers slightly at the neck, which then raises vertically and terminates into an inverted rim. Two small handles are applied at the rim and drawn downwards to the body. The smooth outer walls present faint ridges at mid-body, showing how the clay was worked during the wheel-production process.
Condition: Fine condition.