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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1977.216.2810
Title
Fragment of Arretine Ware with Stamp
Classification
Fragments
Work Type
sherd
Date
1st century BCE-1st century CE
Period
Roman Imperial period, Early
Culture
Roman
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/289741
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Terracotta
Technique
Mold-made
Dimensions
1.6 x 6 cm (5/8 x 2 3/8 in.)
Provenance
Department of the Classics, Harvard University, transfer; to the Fogg Art Museum, 1977.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Transfer from the Department of the Classics, Harvard University
Accession Year
1977
Object Number
1977.216.2810
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Round base of an Arretine ware vessel, with a base diameter of approximately 4.6 centimeters. The round, footed underside of the base is still very much intact, with a depth of approximately 1.2 cm. The inside of the vessel has two incised lines running the entire circumference of the flat base, with a stamp in the very center. The stamp reads "CISSVS C.AVN."
Commentary
LIVE LIKE A ROMAN: DAILY LIFE OBJECT COLLECTION

Arretine ware is the name for fine Roman pottery that originated in Arrentium, an ancient Roman town in modern-day Tuscany. It is often called Arezzo ware for the modern name of the town. This type of pottery was coated in red slip and originated in the first century BCE. It became extremely popular in the first century CE, but eventually was surpassed by Samian ware, which was created mainly in Gaul.

Arretine vessels were most often made from molds, an example of which can be seen in this collection. Molds could be used for numerous castings until they eventually wore down or broke. Often the decoration on Arretine vessels was meant to imitate the more expensive silver vessels of the day. Instead of being mold-made, some Arretine ware was created on a wheel and decorated by hand.

[Jessica Pesce 8/2010]

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