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pierre_p77:
Here´s another piece of pottery that I got hold of. But what is it? Period? Origin? Is it even old?

Regards
Pierre

Tiberiusjulius:
Probably not to old at all,just sort of an old style.

pierre_p77:
Well, I suspected it... the guy who left it in my possession said it was samian ware, but that don´t fit. I thougt it might be something else of old age, and so it was better to ask before discarding it as recent. But I guess recent is what it is then.

Anyway, hanks for confirming.

Best
Pierre

slokind:
It's the right color and surface for Samian ware.  That was the first label that occurred to me, but there are several of those Roman period red wares, glazed (with a very fine engobe of the same clay) in the same way as black-glazed fine ware, only fired in an oxydizing kiln rather than with final reduction.  It was done in places with very nice, elastic, fine iron-bearing clay available, some of them in Gaul.  I don't know how late some of them may be, but perhaps Late Empire, I guess.
Pat L.
See, e.g.,
http://www.terra-sigillata.org/indexA.php
http://www.britishmuseum.org/explore/highlights/highlight_objects/pe_prb/s/a_samian_ware_bowl.aspx
As TiberiusJulius thought, it might not be hard to make new ones, if you have the right clay, but the potter would need to know that trick of making a glaze-paint from very well levigated  clay soup from the same clay beds as the body of the pot.

pierre_p77:
Thank´s for your answer Pat! But samian ware (or Terra sigillata) was made from moulds, wasn´t it? This item is not, it seems to be handmade.

Do you then think it might be old after all?

Pierre

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