Beaker decorated with foliage in trailed clay

Imperial Period, Augustan
late 1st century B.C.–early 1st century A.D.

Place of Manufacture: Asia Minor or Syria, possibly


Height: 9.2 cm (3 5/8 in.); diameter: 8.5 cm (3 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, terra sigillata with barbotine decoration

Not On View


The Ancient World



Clay beaker with cylindrical upper body, hemispherical lower body, and ring foot: coated with glossy red-brown slip (terra sigillata technique), decorated in the barbotine technique (liquid clay relief), with three sprigs of ivy on sides, like a discontinuous garland. Traces of wheelmarks visible on outside; on the inside, tiny ridges of wheelmarks visible and tactile. Glaze mottled and banded, from double or even triple dipping.
Straight rim and sides, slight inward curve at bottom; thin base ring.


By 1994: with Galerie Arete, Zurich; February 7, 1994, purchased from Galerie Arete by Brian T. Aitken/Acanthus Gallery, 24 East 81st Street, New York, N.Y. 10028; gift of Brian T. Aitken to MFA, December 1994 (accessioned Jan. 25, 1995)

Credit Line

Gift of Brian T. Aitken