NLM-B6DCA9: Roman Samian Potsherd

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Unique ID: NLM-B6DCA9

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Pottery. Samian body sherd from a large bowl with moulded figurative decoration along its outer wall. The motifs appear to include [L to R] a cantharus or wine jar; a bordered scene with vertical limits of a chain of small ovulos and a thicker basal bar, the scene including a small altar and the lower edge of a robed figure; and the very edge of a curved possibly circular motif of paired lines. The sherd is broken on all sides, though the breaks are either fairly fresh or very fresh.

Robert Hopkins kindly enquires whether the bar below the bordered scene may be a potter's stamp. On closer inspection using the zoom facility, the letters BENO or possibly RENO appear in the left hand part of that bar. His further consideration of the sherd and its affinities is as follows: 'I see we've both done more work on this sherd, below is my interim report, I've yet to 'excavate' the repertoire of the 3 potters from my files to find parallels on other decorated bowls...The cup is Rogers T5, and the altar Rogers Q62. Both were used by several potters, but only Clemens iii of Lexoux used both. The figure above the altar I haven't been able to identify as yet, although I suspect it's a Pudentia, Oswald 923 used by Advocisus, who also used the altar (Q62). Clemens is closely associated with Priscus iii, and both are connected to Advocisus. The stamp looks like Clemens iii die 1a (reading CLEMENTS), which, to date is the only one confirmed on his decorated bowls (Hartley & Dickinson p.58-9). c.AD 170-200 (Hartley B., & Dickinson B.M, Names on Terra Sigillata, Volume 3, Institute of Classical Studies, University of London, 2008; Oswald F., Index of Figure-Types on Terra Sigillata, Liverpool 1936-7; Rogers G.B., Poteries Sigillees de la Gaule Centrale, I - Les motifs non figures, CNRS 1974'.

Suggested date: Early Roman, 43-200.

Weight: 15.31gms

Class: Samian

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: ROMAN
Subperiod to: Early
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 43
Date to: Circa AD 200

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 15.31 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 27th October 2015

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Martin Foreman
Identified by: Mr Martin Foreman

Other reference numbers

Other reference: NLM34992

Materials and construction

Primary material: Ceramic
Manufacture method: Wheel made
Decoration style: Figurative
Completeness: Fragment

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: East Riding of Yorkshire (Unitary Authority)
District: East Riding of Yorkshire (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Rudston

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Chance find during metal detecting
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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