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  Cypriot Late Roman Red Ware (Page 2 of 5)
 

Red ware flagon with two handles at the neck. Gift of Rev. G. Chester (AN1881.107)This flagon is an example of red ware, a very common type of pottery from the Late Roman period. The surface of this flagon is red gloss. The specific purpose of this particular shape is not known, but it is likely that it was used to hold liquids to drink at the dinner table

Leeds Gallery, Case 53Red ware pottery is found throughout the Roman Empire (and beyond) and is important for dating purposes at archaeological sites, and for the reconstruction of commercial connections in antiquity. It comes in a variety of shapes such as plates, bowls, and jugs of different sizes. It has several names, some referring to the place of origin, and others to the surface of the vessel, but the red colour is common to all. The surfaces can be glossy (red gloss) or matt (red slip) according to the type of thin suspension of clay the surface has been treated with. The aesthetic quality of these vessels is much admired today, but in antiquity they probably corresponded to today's plastic tableware.

The Leeds Gallery of Roman and Early Medieval Archaeology contains another red ware flagon, as part of a display of Late Roman pottery from throughout the Roman Empire.
 

Red ware flagon with two handles at the neck. Gift of Rev. G. Chester (AN1881.107).

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