Roman Terracotta Bowl

£ 65.00

A Roman bowl moulded from terracotta featuring a hemispherical body rising to an uneven slightly inverted rim. The vessel is sat upon a ring foot, the smooth outer and inner walls display faint ridges, demonstrating how the clay was worked during the wheel-production process.

Date: Circa 1st-4th century AD
Provenance: From a collection formed by Roberton Brockie, deceased, all acquired before 2008 from a central London ADA gallery.
Condition: Fine condition, earthly encrustation to the surface and a few minor chips to the body.


SKU: LD-354 Category:

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. Fine wares were used for more formal occasions and can be distinguished by its thin walls and glossy surface. Coarse wares usually had thicker walls to withstand the rough use in kitchens and other areas. They were cheaper items and had plain surfaces, slaves and those in poverty would usually only be able to afford coarse for their table ware instead of fine wares.

Weight 321.5 g
Dimensions W 15.4 x H 5.2 cm

Pottery and Porcelain