Fragment with Graffito

By
Laura Garofalo
Laura Garofalo is a Ph.D. candidate in the Interdepartmental Program in Classical Art & Archaeology. Her primary interests are in the intersections of Roman history, art, and archaeology. Laura is currently writing a dissertation on retrospective styles in Flavian Rome.

 

 

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  • Accession Number: JHUAM 1123
  • Measurements: Width: 6.7cm, Height: 6cm
  • Material: Slipped Ceramic
  • Culture/Date: Roman, late 1st c. BCE-early 1st c. CE
  • Provenance: Unknown

 

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Detail of pottery stamp.

This fragment from a ceramic plate or bowl has a particularly thin fabric, perhaps connoting a finer ware of pottery. The base of the fragment has a lightly incised graffito which reads “BRO.” Note, however, that the right side of the ‘B’ has been formed in a linear pattern, a form which may evoke some versions of the Greek letter beta or a backwards, four-bar Greek sigma, perhaps suggesting the linguistic background of the inscriber, if not the difficulty of incision on fired ceramics. The interior of the vessel has a pottery stamp, “CNAE,” which may be linked to the workshop of Cnaeus Ateius, a central Italian potter with connections to workshops in France.

References

Robinson, D.M., ed. 1936. Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum: United States of America, The Robinson Collection, Baltimore, MD. 3 vol. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. Pg. 56, no. 2a-b, pl. XLIV, 2a-b.