A terra sigillata flanged bowl, Dragendorff type 38, professionally restored from three pieces.
Terra sigillata was made by mixing a suitable clay with water and a deflocculant, then leaving it to stand. The deflocculant caused the finer particles to float in the water, which were then decanted and used to make this fine fabric pottery.
Condition: Reconstructed from three pieces with restoration to the rim, flange and slip. Loss to foot unrestored.
Dimensions: 15cm x 6.3cm.
Provenance: Ex. Private collection Holland.
Terra Sigillata was the fine tableware of much of the Roman Empire. It was mass-produced under factory conditions.
The precursor to Samian Ware was “Arretine Ware” named after the region of Arretium (modern Arezzo) in Italy where it was first produced.
Most Samian Ware found in Britain was originally imported from Gaulish factories. The word Samian probably derives from the Greek island of Samos because this style of pottery originated there. In Britain, some native Samian forms were produced at Pulborough (Sussex), Colchester (Essex) and also possibly London during the second century AD. The product from British Potteries is of a lower quality than Gaulish examples.
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