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Roman Terra Sigillata Painted Bowl - P.1037
Origin: Found in Wadi-Mousa, Jordan
Circa: 100 AD to 200 AD
Dimensions: 3" (7.6cm) high x 12.75" (32.4cm) wide
Catalogue: V1
Collection: Classical
Medium: Terra Sigillata

Location: United States
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In the Classical world, the motifs of grape leaves and fruit frequently indicated association with Dionysus, the god of wine and merriment. In the Christian faith, the vine also became associated with the mysteries of communion. This elegant bowl, with its painted design of grape vines sprouting from a footed vase, most probably was used on occasions when wine was served. Imagine the guests at some ancient feast taking food and passing the vessel around as they discussed the latest news from Rome. As the evening wore on, there was perhaps the music of flutes, dancers or acrobats, laughter and song. In the presence of this lovely bowl, our imagination floats freely back to that vanished night at the time when Rome was in her glory. - (P.1037)


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