Fragments with Graffiti

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.


  • Accession Number: JHUAM 1122
  • Measurements: Width: 6.8cm, Height: 6.9cm
  • Material: Slipped Ceramic
  • Culture/Date: Roman, 1st c. CE
  • Provenance: Puteoli, Italy


• Accession Number: JHUAM 1125
• Measurements: Width: 7.66cm, Height: 7.5cm
• Material: Slipped Ceramic
• Culture/Date: Roman, 1st c. CE
• Provenance: Puteoli, Italy

Detail of pottery stamp.

Detail of pottery stamp.

Both of these ceramic fragments come from bowls and may have shared not only a potter’s workshop but perhaps also an owner. The deeply incised graffito, “ANTHUSA,” on one fragment (1122) may correspond with a sketchier graffito on the other (1125), incised “ANTH,” perhaps in an abbreviation of the same name. Said to have been found together near Rome, both fragments also have the same potter’s stamp, “DARD/ANVS,” which can be linked with a pottery workshop at Puteoli, Italy – the workshop of Ancharius.


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. 4a-b and 3a-b, pl. XLIII, 4a-b and 3a-b.

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