Red bowl, Germany

Red bowl, Germany

Red bowl
Germany, Trier
AD 150-200
Unglazed earthenware, with moulded decoration and red slip
Museum no. 1921-1901

In the first century AD, earthenware finished with a glossy red slip became the tableware of choice all over the Roman empire. It was easier to produce than earlier Greek 'black' and 'red figure' wares, and large quantities were made in many places with access to the right clays.

Relief decoration was standard. Here gladiators in combat alternate with a man presenting an emperor with a palm.