Terra sigillata: Ein Beitrag zur Geschichte der griechischen und römischen by Hans Dragendorff. Publication date Publisher A. Marcus. Dragendorff: H. Dragendorff, Terra Sigillata, Bon- ner Jahrbiicher 96 () Hermet: F. Hermet, La Graufesenque (). Ludowici: W. Ludowici. Hans Dragendorff, “Terra sigillata. Ein Beitrag zur Geschichte der griechischen und römischen Keramik”, Bonner Jahrbücher 96 (),

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Uses authors parameter All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from July Commons category link from Wikidata. Tetra University of Nottingham Department of Archaeology. Pottery production continued, but in the 3rd century, it reverted to being a local industry.

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It is also possible that it was sometimes made by holding a blade-like tool against the vessel as it turned on the wheel, allowing the tool to judder against the surface of the clay.

The footring is low, and potters’ stamps are usually bowl-maker’s marks placed in the interior base, so that vessels made from the same, or parallel, moulds may bear different names.

A work has shown that the slip is a matrix of mainly silicon and aluminium oxides, within which are suspended sub-microscopic crystals of haematite and corundum. Berthold invited authorities to test it themselves. Find more at www. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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Greek painted wares also involved the precise understanding and control of firing conditions to achieve the contrasts of black and red. Views Read Edit View history.

Pottery industries in the areas we now call north-east France and Belgium quickly began to copy the shapes of plain Arretine dishes and cups in the wares now known as Gallo-Belgic, [22] and in South and Central Gaul, it was not long before local potters also began to emulate the mould-made decoration and the glossy red slip itself. While the decoration of Arretine ware is often highly naturalistic in style, and is closely comparable with silver tableware of the same period, the designs on the Gaulish products, made by provincial artisans adopting Classical subjects, are intriguing for their expression of ‘ romanisation ‘, the fusion of Classical and native cultural and artistic traditions.


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Some East Gaulish producers made bowls and cups decorated only with rouletted or stamped decoration, and in the 3rd and 4th centuries, Argonne ware, decorated with all-over patterns of small stamps, was made in the area east of Rheims and quite widely traded.

By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. But the real strength of the Rheinzabern industry lay sragendorff its extensive dragendorfv of good-quality samian cups, beakers, flagons and vases, many imaginatively decorated with barbotine designs or in the ‘cut-glass’ incised technique. Individual figure-types, like the vessel-shapes, have been classified, and in many cases they may be linked with specific potters or workshops. Larger human and animal figures could be used on the Dr.

Gallery of Terra sigillata forms – sorted by typology

Terra sigillata as an archaeological term refers chiefly to a specific type of plain and decorated tableware made in Italy and in Gaul France and the Rhineland during the Roman Empire.

This soil’s particular mineralic content was such that, in the Renaissance sigillaha, it was seen as a proof against poisoning, as well as a general cure for any bodily impurities, and it was highly prized as a medicine and medicinal component. However, it would be unwise to exclude all possible historical associations with the sigillzta of Samosthough of course the pottery known as samian ware to present-day archaeologists has nothing to do with that region.

The classic guide by Oswald sigilalta Pryce, published in sigillsta set out many of the principles, but the literature on the subject goes back into the 19th century, and is now extremely voluminous, including many monographs on specific regions, as well as excavation reports on important sites that have produced significant assemblages of sigillata wares, and articles in learned journals, some of which are dedicated to Roman pottery studies.


Wikimedia Commons has media related to Terra sigillata. At La Graufesenque in southern Gaul, documentary evidence in the form of lists or tallies apparently fired with single kiln-loads, giving potters’ names and numbers of pots have long been sigillaat, and they suggest very large loads of 25,—30, vessels.

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Ettlinger is the current reference system for Arretine, and Hayes and for the late Roman material. In the German potter Karl Fischer re-invented the method of making terra sigillata of Roman quality and obtained patent protection for this procedure at the Kaiserliche Patentamt in Berlin. Scholars writing in English now often use “red gloss wares” or “red slip wares”, both to avoid these issues of definition, [9] and also because many other wares of the Roman period share aspects of technique with the traditional sigillata fabrics.

From the end of the 2nd century, the export of sigillata from Central Gaul rapidly, perhaps even abruptly, ceased. Glossy-slipped black pottery made in Etruria and Campania continued this technological tradition, though painted decoration gave way to simpler stamped motifs and in some cases, to applied motifs moulded in relief.

Modern “Terra sig” should be clearly distinguished from the close reproductions of Roman wares made by some potters deliberately terga and using the Roman methods. Ludowici created his own type-series, which sometimes overlaps with those of other sigillata specialists.

Burnishing was a technique used on some wares in the Roman period, but terra sigillata was not one of them. Description Excerpt from Terra Sigillata: The polished surface can only be retained if fired within the low-fire range and will lose its shine if fired higher, but can still dragendoff an appealing silky quality.