Roman Redware Bowl with Leaf Design

£ 525.00

A fine Roman redware shallow bowl featuring a flat raised base. The sides rise up and slightly curve in towards the rim. The smooth outer and inner walls present faint ridges, showing how the clay was worked during the wheel-production process. The centre is decorated with an incised dot encompassed by a thin band. Five leaves, equally spaced, extend outwards and are framed by a band of diagonal lines. A further two concentric circles follow, ending with another band of diagonal lines facing the other direction.

Date: Circa 3rd-5th century AD
Provenance: The Oxford Library Sale, 1970's onwards.
Condition: Fine condition, surface chip to exterior body and base, encrustation to the surface.

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The bowl is made with terra sigillata technique (from Latin meaning ‘sealed earth) of north African provenance and constituted a precious kind of fine ware, reserved for the elites as a way to display prestige at banquets and dinner parties. The pottery is categorised by its orange/red colour and shiny surface. Red slip ware became popular around the first century AD and by the third century it was the most popular type of tableware used in the Late Roman household. Dishes or other pottery made in this style were influenced by religion and mythology, with earlier pieces favouring the Roman gods and legends, and later pieces depicting early Christian saints and other biblical scenes. Hunting scenes were usual Roman decorations, with the addition of ‘exotic’ animals such as lions, panthers or elephants being a common addition to the decorations.

Weight 642.8 g
Dimensions W 26.2 x H 3.8 cm

Pottery and Porcelain


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