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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2011.455
Title
Bulbous Beaker with Ivy Tendrils
Classification
Vessels
Work Type
pot
Date
200-250 CE
Places
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Europe, Britain (Britannia)
Period
Roman Imperial period
Culture
Roman
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/339563
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Terracotta
Technique
Barbotine
Dimensions
11 cm (4 5/16 in.)
Provenance
Pinney Family, Arne House, Wareham, Dorset. Captain A.W.F. Fuller, London, UK (1882-1961). [Bonhams, Limited. London, 30 October 2003, Lot 256] sold; to [Charles Ede Limited, London, 2003-2011] sold; to Harvard Art Museums, 2011.


Note: Old label on vessel reads "ROMAN POT, Dug up in the grounds of Arne, House, ARNE, near Wareham, Dorset by the Pinney family".
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Marian H. Phinney Fund
Accession Year
2011
Object Number
2011.455
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Bulbuous beaker of light brownish clay coated with a black slip ("color-coated"). The decoration on the belly consists of ivy tendrils applied "en barbotine," i.e. in diluted clay. The tendrils are framed by and extend over two bands of "rouletting," which consists of rows of vertical strokes impressed with a rotating tool (1). The slip is partly abraded on exposed areas of the barbotine decoration.

1. For vessels with a similar barbotine patterns of ivy, see the Catalogue of Roman Pottery, British Museum (1908), fig. 77 (M131) and 78 ((M133).
Commentary
Dark brown and black color-coated beakers were produced in the northern Roman provinces, in central Gaul, the Rhineland (Cologne), and Britain (Nene Valley). The barbotine decoration on these beakers ranges from ivy tendrils to animal chases and hunt, gladiatorial, and erotic scenes. Rouletting is common. The present beaker could either have been a Rhenish import to Britain, where it was found, or, perhaps more likely, considering the brownish color of the clay, it was made locally.
Publication History

Charles Ede Limited, Catalogue 184, auct. cat. (London, 2011), Cat. no. 19, illustrated.

Subjects and Contexts

Roman Domestic Art

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