This type of bowl was produced in the African province of the Roman Empire, and belongs to the “African Red Slipware” category, a type of terra sigillata, from the Latin, meaning ‘sealed earth’. These potteries, which can take various forms, are characterized by an orange colour and a shiny surface. Most African Red Slipware workshops are known from modern Tunisia and Algeria, and they were active from the 1st century until the 7th century AD. By the third century AD the African red slip ware had become the most popular type of tableware in the Roman Empire.
Bowl from the Roman Province of North Africa
An extremely well preserved example of Ancient Roman African red slilp ware. The bowl is modelled in a bright red terracotta and features a low ring foot and gently convexed walls. The piece also features a simple border of shallow grooves running parallel to the bowl’s edge, and more grooves ring to the centre.
Condition: Very fine, one minor chip on the edge.