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Roman Rim Fragment with Berry Bush, North Africa, 250-300 AD

Broad redware dish rim fragment depicting a very fine and detailed shrub with berries.

The relief decoration was taken from a separate mold and applied to the almost flat rim.

The fragment belongs to the rim of a large dish with a calculated diameter of ca. 39 cm (15.4 in). A groove runs along the outer edge.
Shape form 48(B) – Hayes 983-984 – fig. 31, pl.50, p.220.

Superb modeling. Minor flakes out of the relief decoration.

L. 7.4 cm (2.9 in), H. 5.1 cm (2 in)
D. (est.) 39 cm (15.4 in)

French private collection, sold at Marseille Enchères Provence.

240 USD

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John W. Hayes. Roman Pottery and Fine-Ware Imports. The Athenian Agora. Vol. 32. Princeton 2008.

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