Plate with Pottery Stamp

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 291
  • Measurements: Height: 2.6cm, Diameter: 13.4cm
  • Material: Slipped ceramic
  • Culture/Date: Roman, early 1st c. CE
  • Provenance: Puteoli, Italy

 

This shallow ceramic plate represents one shape of vessel which was commonly produced. The overall high-gloss appearance of the terra sigillata is especially visible in this piece, demonstrating the luster and aesthetic appeal even a relatively unadorned vessel could offer.

Line drawing of the pottery stamp.

Line drawing of the pottery stamp.

The plate has a low rim with incised grooves and sits on a small ring-foot. Several incised grooves also encircle the central potter’s stamp, which reads “NAEVI,” referring to the workshop of Naevius in Puteoli, Italy from the first two decades of the 1st c. CE.

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. 55, no. 1a-b, pl. XLIII, 1a-b.