- Identification and Creation
- Object Number
- Terra Sigillata Plate with Stamp of Gelli(us)
- Work Type
- c. 15 BCE-50 CE
- Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World
- Roman Imperial period, Early
- Persistent Link
Level 3, Room 3700, Ancient Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Art, Roman Art
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- Physical Descriptions
- 4.8 x Dia. 17.9 cm (1 7/8 x 7 1/16 in.)
- Inscriptions and Marks
- signature: A left-facing planta pedis stamp on the inside of the bowl reads GELLI(US)
- Dr. Harris Kennedy, Milton, MA (by 1932), gift; to the Fogg Art Museum, 1932.
- Acquisition and Rights
- Credit Line
- Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Dr. Harris Kennedy, Class of 1894
- Accession Year
- Object Number
- Asian and Mediterranean Art
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- Wide mouthed bowl, walls that are almost perpendicular to its flat, wide base, and a bead rim (1). Deep red slip. The bowl is entirely intact. One wide line is inscribed just inside the rim of the bowl, running the entire circumference. Another line is inscribed around the circumference where the walls meet the inside base. In the middle of the base are multiple wheel marks, with one deeper incised circle towards the middle. The exterior of the bowl shows numerous wheel marks but has no decoration. The foot is perpendicular to the base of the bowl and has two small chips missing. The plate is decorated on the interior with a central stamp in the shape of a foot (planta pedis) bearing the maker's mark: "GELLI."
1. See a similarly shaped bowl in J.W. Hayes, Roman Pottery from the South Stoa at Corinth. Hesperia 42 (1973): 83.44.
- The planta pedis stamp type was introduced in the early first century CE (1). Because of the stamp's small size, names were often abbreviated (e.g. "Gellius" to "Gelli"). The GELLI stamp in this vessel designates the 'Gellius' workshop which was one of the most active throughout the Italian region from 15 BCE-50 CE (2).
1. Kenrick, in Elisabeth Ettinger, et. al. Conspectus Formarum Terrae Sigillatae Italico Modo Confectae (Bonn: Dr. Rudolf Habelt GMBH, 1990) p. 147-148.
2. For this stamp see Oxe, Comfort, Kenrick, Corpus Vasorum Arretinorum (Bonn: Dr. Rudolf Habelt GMBH, 2000) nos. 878-879, esp. 878.49-878.50;
- Exhibition History
32Q: 3700 Roman, Harvard Art Museums, 11/16/2014 - 01/01/2050
- Subjects and Contexts
Google Art Project
Roman Domestic Art
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