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Arretine Terra Sigillata Plate Rim Fragment

40 - 60 CE

maximum length
5 3/8 x 1 5/16 x 1 3/32 in. (13.6 x 3.3 x 2.8 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: P.1656
Geography: Europe, Italy
Classification: Containers and Vessels; Vessels; Plates
Culture/Nationality: Roman

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  • Animalia - Kingdom containing multicellular organisms having cells bound by a plasma membrane and organized into tissue and specialized tissue systems that permit them to either move about in search of food or to draw food toward themselves. Unable to make their own food within themselves, as photosynthetic plants do, they rely on consuming preformed food. They possess a nervous system with sensory and motor nerves, enabling them to receive environmental stimuli and to respond with specialized movements.
  • doves - General term referring to smaller members of the family Columbidae; larger members are called "pigeons." The white dove is the symbol of peace.
  • plates - Shallow, usually circular dishes from which food is eaten.
  • rim sherds - Fragments of a ceramic or glass vessel from just below the rim.
  • sherds - Limited to fragments of pottery or glass.
  • swags - Decorative textiles hung loosely from two or more intervals to form soft, billowing, crescent-shaped folds. Distinct from "festoons," which refers to flowers, fruit, or foliage similarly hung.
  • Terra sigillata - Refers a style used in fine pottery of Italy, Gaul, and Germany, and throughout the Roman Empire from the first century BCE to the third century CE. It developed from the traditions of ancient Greek pottery in the use of calcitic clays rich in iron compounds to produce a glossy surface, but it differs from Greek pottery in employing a single-phase firing in an open kiln. It is characterized by its red color, smooth finish, and sometimes by decorations of stamped figures or patterns. The term was coined in the ninteenth century, and historically there has been disagreement regarding to which pottery it applies, stemming from various interpretations of the term as either "stamped earth," with reference to the stamped designs, or "sealed earth" with reference to an astringent, fatty, medicinal bole called "terra sigillata," from the island of Lemnos, that was thought to be the clay from which the pottery was made. Further confusion has surrounded the relationship of this term and "Samian ware" or "Samian."
  • vessels - Containers designed to serve as receptacles for a liquid or other substance, usually those of circular section and made of some durable material; especially containers of this nature in domestic use, employed in connection with the preparation or serving of food or drink, and usually of a size suitable for carrying by hand.

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Additional Image Conspectus_Form_20.pdf
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  • maximum length Dimensions: 5 3/8 x 1 5/16 x 1 3/32 in. (13.6 x 3.334 x 2.778 cm)

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