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Ancient Pottery

Antiquities authenticated and attributed by Alex G. Malloy.


Roman Greece, Barbotine Ware Amphora, 2nd Century A.D.

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From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years.

Barbotine is French for a ceramic slip, a mixture of clay and water used for decorating pottery. In English the term is used for two different techniques but here we are only concerned with the technique used in the ancient world. Barbotine is piped onto the object much like cakes are decorated with icing, using a quill, horn, or another kind of nozzle. The slip is often a color contrasting with rest of the vessel and forms a design, a pattern, or inscription, that is raised above the main surface. The Egyptians used barbotine decorative designs. Specimens have also been found at Minoan Knossos on the island of Crete.

This example was found near Corinth. The style is certainly related to the Egyptian Barbotine ware but it may have been made in mainland Greece.

AE36060. Barbotine ware amphora, Athenian Agora -, ROM -; 5 inches high, Collectible condition, buff clay, ovoid body, wide tubular neck, strap handles, horizontal bands on neck, Barbatine rows of leaf shaped decorations on body; reconstructed, one section of rim, a small shoulder and part of one handle restored; rare; $830.00 (722.10)


Roman Palaestina, Large Pottery Beaker, Late Roman Period, 4th - 7th Century A.D.

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Time of Christian Acceptance and First Ecumenical (Nicene) Council.

From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years.

Found in Israel.
AH48175. Large pottery beaker; Tushingham 38:27-28; buff, wheel made, ribbed conical body, wide mouth, narrowing to flat base, 5 inches high, Choice, hole in bottom, $360.00 (313.20)


Narino, Columbia, Capuli Complex, Sea Shell Shaped Potter Ocarina (Flute), 850 - 1500 A.D.

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An ocarina is a wind instrument in the category of vessel flutes.
AE61810. Pottery ocarina, 3.7 inches, Choice, in the form of a sea shell with incised dot and cross designs on a highly burnished gray surface; $240.00 (208.80)


Roman, Palestine, Small Terracotta Bottle, 2nd - 3rd Century A.D.

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Made in the Holy Land during the time of the Christian Early Church Fathers. Found in Israel.

From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years.
AI36076. Holy Land Bottle; 10.5 cm tall, Choice, red-buff terracotta with white slip, ovoid body, narrow tubular neck, ornamented with spiral ridges, pedestal base; chip in lip; $200.00 (174.00)


Roman, Terra Sigilatta Potsherd, 2nd Century A.D.

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Marked with ink "102 St. GIIsi, 16.10.28" (found at Saint Gillis, 16 October 1928?). From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years.

AI36091. Terra sigilatta potsherd; 4 1/2 inches across; red slip; female in military garb (Virtus?) advancing left, smaller nude male figure (Eros?) above, $95.00 (82.65)


Greek, Macedonian, Jar Handle Stamped MAKE..., 3rd - 2nd Century B.C.

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From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years.
AK35509. Jar handle; buff clay, stamped with Greek inscription in round stamp, "MAKE..." (Makedonia); 3 inches long, $60.00 (52.20)







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