LON-04F4AD: A body sherd fragment from a Roman Banassac Gaulish samian ware hemispherical bowl Form Dragendorff 37 dating to AD 65-90.

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Unique ID: LON-04F4AD

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A body sherd fragment from a Roman Banassac Gaulish samian ware hemispherical bowl Form Dragendorff 37 dating to AD 65-90. The sherd has moulded decoration, consisting of a gladiator left looking right. Oswald 1937:77 Plate XLIX fig. 1020---1022. The same motif is found on a Drag. 37 bowl by the potter Germanus i. The fragment has a pink fabric and is coated in a red slip on both the inside and outside which is heavily abraded with most of the slip worn away from the high points of the moulded decoration.

Dimensions: length: 48.63mm; width: 40.11mm; thickness: 7.33mm; weight: 16.21g.

Similar Drag. form 37 dish on the database are LON-32885E, WAW-F9D786 and LON-97317F​.

Oswald & Pryce (1920:95-96) write "The essential characteristics of this form consist of the hemispherical contour, the plain band beneath the lip (a half-round moulding), and a relatively flat foot-stand." he continues " Appearing first of all in the reign of Nero (Ritterling, Hofheim, p. 231), it rapidly achieved popularity and became the predominant decorated bowl of the second century. Furthermore, it continued to be manufactured right down to the close of the period of decorated Terra Sigillata (Oelmann, p. 25). This late date of its production applies, however, more particularly to the East Gaulish potteries. At Lezoux it would appear to have been extensively superseded towards the end of the second century and the beginning of the third century by applique ware (Dechelette, ii. 167)."

References: Oswald, F. and Pryce, T. Davies 1920. An introduction to the study of terra sigillata, London.

Oswald F., 1937. Index of Figure-types on Terra Sigillata ("Samian Ware"): Issued as a Supplement to The Annals of Archaeology and Anthropology. University Press

de la Bedoyere, G. 1988. Samian Ware. Shire Publications Ltd, Aylesbury.

Webster, P. 1996. Roman Samian Pottery in Britain. Practical Handbook in Archaeology 13. Council for British Archaeology, York.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 65
Date to: Circa AD 90

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 48.63 mm
Width: 40.11 mm
Thickness: 7.33 mm
Weight: 16.21 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Stuart Wyatt
Identified by: Mr Stuart Wyatt

Materials and construction

Primary material: Ceramic
Manufacture method: Wheel made
Completeness: Fragment

Spatial metadata

Region: London (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Greater London Authority (Greater London Authority)
District: City and County of the City of London (London Borough)
Parish or ward: Dowgate (London Borough Ward)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TQ3280
Four figure Latitude: 51.5035277
Four figure longitude: -0.09955492
1:25K map: TQ3280
1:10K map: TQ38SW
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Fieldwalking
Discovery circumstances: eyes only
General landuse: Open fresh water

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