Ancient Roman 2nd-3rd centuries AD Red Terracotta Large Bowl Terra Sigillata

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This ancient Roman artifact is a large, vibrant red terracotta bowl known as "Terra sigillata" that dates back to the 2nd-3rd centuries AD. The bowl's walls are thin and convex, while its base is flat and shaped like a wide disk. This unique piece of pottery provides an intriguing glimpse into the artistic and functional skills of the ancient Romans and is a testament to the enduring legacy of their civilization.

This particular style of pottery features a stunning red terracotta hue and was crafted with great care and skill throughout the vast expanse of the Roman Empire. This type of pottery was in high demand during the period spanning from the 1st to the 5th century AD and was widely exported throughout the Roman world. These ceramics were popular tableware among all classes of the population in the Roman Empire.

Whether used for practical purposes or simply admired as a decorative piece, this stunning terracotta pottery is a testament to its makers' incredible craftsmanship and the Roman Empire's rich history.


CONDITION: In excellent state of preservation, showing its age and use, the surface is covered with old earth encrustations. No cracks or repairs. The bowl is in excellent condition, considering it is approximately 1700 years old.



Approximate diameter: 19.5 cm (7.68 inches).

Approximate height: 6 cm (2.36 inches).


PROVENANCE: Ex-Canadian private collection.

The buyer will be provided with a certificate of authenticity.


NOTE: "Terra sigillata'' is a fine type of Roman ceramic, coveted for its smooth, red slipped finish that emerged around 50 BC in Arretium (modern Arezzo) in central Italy and had an enormous influence across the entire Empire. In Gaul (modern France), cities like Lezoux, Montans, and the ancient site of La Graufesenque developed into prolific centers of terra sigillata wares. Also, numerous pottery manufacturers were producing "Terra sigillata'' in Roman North Africa.

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Antiques (approx100yrs)
2nd-3rd centuries AD
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