Coarse Wares

There were two categories of ancient Roman pottery: Fine Wares used by the upper class for formal occasions and to serve food elegantly at the table and Course Wares used by the poor for cooking, storing and carrying liquids and eating. Coarse wares were crudely made with thick walls to withstand rough use. They were simple often with a beige or white slip to make them less porous and with no ornamentation, although some had a horizontal ribbed designs on the body. Roman North Africa local artisans produced a wide range of daily use utilitarian wares including bowls, plates, cups, jugs, beakers, amphorae and other common vessels for storing wine and olive oil. Small juglets were used to hold more precious liquids such as perfumes and cosmetics.

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  • Ancient Terracotta Oenochoe (Wine Jug), Roman North Africa (3197A-UOM) $275

    H: 4.5”  W: 3”  D: 2.75” | FREE SHIPPING!

    This small wine jug was created in a Roman North Africa production center for domestic use and exported elsewhere in the empire. As the poor could only afford practical objects, potters made many functional objects using inexpensive long-lasting materials.

  • Ancient Earthenware Carinated Flagon with Handle, Roman North Africa (3188BOB)

    H: 8.5”  Dia: 5.5” | FREE SHIPPING!

    The shape of this elegant carinated ancient earthenware  pouring vessel used to hold and dispense potable liquids:  water, wine and other drinks. They were used to hydrate everyone including laborers, field workers, ship-rowers, army personnel and people in their homes and were placed wherever they were needed.

  • Ancient Earthenware Carinated Flagon, Roman North Africa (3191BLB)

    H: 4.5”  W: 3”  D: 2.75” | FREE SHIPPING!

    This Roman ceramic flagon is a uniquely shaped vessel used to store and pour potable liquids. A crème slip carinated jug with a high profile and a trefoil pouring spout, it has a strap handle attached from the carinated edge to just below the rim for easy handling.

  • Ancient Earthenware Jarlet, Roman North Africa (3195A-DAE) $225

    H: 4.625”  Dia: 3.625″ | FREE SHIPPING

    Earthenware pottery jarlets from Roman North Africa were used as oil, perfume, ointment or cosmetic containers and are a mini version of a Greek wine jug (oenochoe). Not used for wine, it has no handle, its shape fits well in the hand making it easy to grip and it is idecorated with ribbing and grooved furrows) around its body.

  • Ancient Lekanis Dish, Magna Graecia (3247BHK) $575

    H: 3.625”  Dia: 3.5″ | FREE SHIPPING!

    This diminutive but very elegant piece is a lekanis, a lid-covered dish originating in Greece embraced by artisans from Apulia in Magna Graecia in Southern Italy who adapted this form in their Xenon wares in the 6th century BCE. This terracotta lidded bowl is covered with pale matte salmon decorations over a black glazed body, a bowl highlighted with decorative meandering bands. Fathers in ancient times filled these bowls with small items of adornment and gave them to their daughters as a wedding gift, which would be a delightful tradition to uphold today.

  • Ancient Ribbed Oinochoe Wine Jug, Roman North Africa (3197B-EKB) $295

    Ht: 6.25”  W: 3.25”  D: 2.75” | FREE SHIPPING!

    This is an excellent example of the daily-use utilitarian earthenware oinochoe created for the masses. . Its body is tapered and ribbed from the everted rim to just above the flat, wide foot making it stable and attractive. It was made using a potters wheel, seen by the circle marks on the bottom and the uniform ribbing.

  • Ancient Terracotta Carinated Flagon with Handle, Roman North Africa (3190BME) $625

    H: 8.5”  Dia: 9.75” | FREE SHIPPING!

    Made in the Roman North Africa, this ancient ceramic flagon was made for the lower classes and called coarse wear. Used to hydrate all kinds of people and on home altars to make offerings to domestic family deities, it is a common ancient pottery shape having a handle and an angled edge around  the entire vessel.

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