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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1977.216.2461
Title
Fragment of Arretine Pottery: Girl Arranging Garlands
Classification
Fragments
Work Type
sherd
Date
1st century BCE-1st century CE
Places
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Europe
Period
Roman Imperial period, Early
Culture
Roman
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/290232
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Terracotta
Technique
Molded
Provenance
Henry W. Haynes, Boston, MA (by 1912), bequest; Department of the Classics, Harvard University, 1912, transfer; Fogg Museum of Art, 1977.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Transfer from the Department of the Classics, Harvard University, Bequest of Henry W. Haynes, 1912
Accession Year
1977
Object Number
1977.216.2461
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
This fragment of terra sigillata pottery depicts a girl in profile facing the right. She wears a gauzy, short-sleeved garment cinched at the waist and a mantle is draped around her neck. Her right arm is raised and bent at the elbow, grasping a billowing garland.
Commentary
Terra sigillata ("stamped earth") pottery was mold-made, mass-produced pottery that was distributed throughout the Roman Empire. This type of pottery was made at several production sites throughout Italy in the first century BCE. It is often decorated with figural or other decorative motifs.

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