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Terra Sigillata footed bowl - HB.1004
Origin: Mediterranean
Circa: 2 nd Century AD to 3 rd Century AD
Dimensions: 3" (7.6cm) high x 7.6" (19.3cm) wide
Collection: Classical Antiquities
Style: Roman
Medium: Terracotta
Condition: Extra Fine

Location: Great Britain
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Terra sigillata is an archaeological term that refers to a specific type of both plain and decorated tableware made in Italy and in Gaul (France and the Rhineland) during the Roman Empire. These vessels have glossy surface slips ranging from a soft lustre to a brilliant glaze-like shine, in a characteristic colour range from pale orange to bright red; they were produced in standard shapes and sizes and were manufactured on an industrial scale and widely exported. Usually roughly translated as 'sealed earth', the meaning of 'terra sigillata' is 'clay bearing little images' (Latin sigilla). The archaeological term is applied, however, to plain- surfaced pots as well as those decorated with figures in relief. Terra Sigillata industries grew up in areas where there were existing traditions of pottery manufacture and where the clay deposits proved suitable, while their distribution casts light on aspects of the ancient Roman economy. Red-glazed gloss ware footed bowl with floral decoration in barbotine - (HB.1004)


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