EXCEPTIONAL SAMIAN WARE BOWL
Measurements: 14.5 cm – diameter, 7 cm – height.
Description: A truly rare and exceptional Roman piece – a terra sigillata footed bowl with mould decoration and two strap handles. The vessel also features a spout, which makes it a rare type to come across and specific to South Gaul - La Graufesenque sub-type. The bowl features two applied strap handles, a common type of border under them – ovolo design of an egg and dart type. Below them there is a scene of two deer running towards each other with a rich leafy tree in between them, crafted in the manner of the Potter of the Rosette (see Stanfield, Simpson; Central Gaulish Potters, 1958, Pl. 26, Fig. 319-323), who is also famous for depicting animals and hunt scenes. The scenes with deer alter with reticulate surfaces and below them is a dotted band. The decoration with animals running or being hunted by deities is quite common on Gaulish pottery of the period; however, this particular reticulate surface used as a divider between the scenes is much less frequent. The piece had minor repairs but it is in overall intact, very fine state.
Reference: Museum of London
Provenance: Ex Rodney Legge, author of “Romans in Britain”.
Period: mid-late 1st cent. AD
Condition: Very fine. Encrustations on the surface, minor repairs, some hairlines visible on the surface near the spout.
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