LARGE ROMAN TERRA SIGILLATA PLATE
Measurements: 28.5 cm - diameter
Description: A large fine example of a Roman African terra sigillata (red slip ware) plate. It is a shallow dish with a heavy steeped rim and a flat base indicated by an incised circle. The vessel is unsigned, however, the centre of the plate features two concentric circles with hatched incisions in between and five stamped roundels around a circle.
By the 3rd century AD, African red slip ware was widely distributed throughout the Mediterranean and the major cities of the Roman Empire. It was the most widely dispersed type of pottery of the sigillata tradition in the Late Imperial time. The production and success of African red slip was probably closely linked to the agricultural productivity and wealth of Empire’s North African provinces, as indicated in part by the contemporaneous distribution of North African amphoras.
Reference: The British Museum
Provenance: Ex. private Belgian collection.
Period: 4th – 5th cent. AD
Condition: Very fine, intact. Some white encrustations to the bottom of the dish.
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