LARGE FRAGMENT OF A ROMAN SAMIAN WARE BOWL.

LARGE FRAGMENT OF A ROMAN SAMIAN WARE BOWL.

195.00

A large fragment of a high quality Roman samian ware bowl. This shard dates to the Claudian-Neronian period, circa AD 43-68, and was produced in Southern Gaul. The form of the bowl is Dragendorff 29. The central panel depicts two rather charming doves, perhaps symbolic of love, framed by a beaded border. The panels either side are completely filled with a dense foliate pattern. and the bottom section of the bowl is decorated with a geometric fish-scale motif. This shard has the instantly recognisable bright orange fabric and hard glossy slip typical of early samian ware produced in Southern Gaul. Amazing to think that food was probably shared from this bowl around a wealthy Roman dining table! The fragment consists of two large pieces which have been repaired. A highly evocative item which would make a wonderful display piece.

Dimensions: 144 mm x 71 mm.

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