This artefact is made of a specific type of high quality pottery, comprising a fine clay from central Tunisia. Although fine red slipware, so-called ‘Arretine ware’, was first produced in Italy, by the third century AD the African red slip ware had become the most popular type of tableware in the Roman Empire. Red ware pottery was made in Roman Africa from the first until the seventh century AD, with the largest areas of production being in Byzacena and Zeugitana (modern day Tunisia).
Roman Red Ware Gladiatorial Scene Amphoriskos
A fine ancient Roman red ware amphoriskos sitting on a flanged base. The twin handles are each moulded with double palm fronds, and extend from mid-way on the neck to the shoulders.
The body features an applied decoration comprising a gladiatorial scene. On one side an armed figure is attacked by a lion, and on the other is an advancing male figure with raised right arm, dressed in a short tunic. Between them are four regularly spaced, finely-modelled palm fronds.
Condition: Complete and intact with signs of aging and hearthly encrustations on the surface.