Ancient Terracotta Beaker, Roman North Africa (3195B-PLK) $325

$325.00

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An uncomplicated ancient earthenware cup with no handle it is beautiful in its simplicity resting on a short foot. Its body curves up and rises to meet a neck topped with an everted rim to lessen spillage  It has a wide mouth for easy drinking, and the rim two-tones: a slight terracotta red and its crème slip. Its shape is exquisite.

Description

This earthenware cup is called a beaker, a term used by archeologists to describe small cups without a handle and held in the hands similar to Japanese ceramic teacups that also warm one’s hands. Made in Africa Proconsularis (the Roman North Africa province) using a pottery wheel, this globular cup is low-fired, thin and covered with a crème colored slip which darkened slightly during its burial. The rim is two-toned with the inside and outside in a slight terracotta red and the area between them having a crème slip. A form of functional pottery called Coarse Wares made for the poor, the body is very simple and embellished only with extremely subtle, shallow ribs made with a brush held against the outer wall while the pottery wheel was turning. It is very plain, yet its shape is strikingly beautiful. Although there are expected minor chips and scratches, earth adherents and minor losses of the slip, it is in excellent condition.

Additional information

Weight 5 lbs
Dimensions 6 × 6 × 6 in
Place of Origin

Ancient Mediterranean

Period

Ancient, Roman Empire

Date

1st-3rd Century C.E.

Materials and Technique

Terracotta

Dimensions (inches)

Ht: 2.675 Dia: 3”

Dimensions (metric)

Ht: 6.79cm Dia: 7.62cm

Weight

4.1oz

Condition

Good to fair, see description

Item Number

3195B-PLK