roman flagon
roman flagon
roman flagon

25. Roman Flagon

1st - 3rd Century A.D.

A lovely example of this Roman artefact in creamware with an orange slip and banded decoration to body.

European origin, from Gaul or more probably the Rhine.

Condition: Good, complete (no repairs). Minor damage as shown.

Dimensions: Height 150 mm. Width 112 mm.

Provenance: Ex, private collection, UK.


Roman Flagons

Roman flagons are the typical ceramic vessel used for holding liquids such as water, beer or other drinks. They are one of the most evocative Roman antiquities for sale and were produced in large numbers for both domestic use and for the military. A flagon is typically about 2 imperial pints (1.1 litres) in volume. However, many Roman flagons are much larger, holding up to 3 litres. These vessels usually have a single banded handle. In Roman Britain the neck is formed of distinctive concentric rings (ring necked flagons). Sometimes the neck has a large flange at the top rather than rings. Another type has the neck formed into one, two or three spouts (trefoil). The name flagon comes from the same origin as the word "flask”.

Flagons, drinking vessels and amphorae were more common in the early Roman period. The later Roman period is dominated by jars, bowls and dishes.

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