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Terra sigillata
(1,520 words)

[German version]

I. Definition and Delimitation

Modern technical term for a kind of plateware of Roman fine ceramics (pottery II) with red surface and usually a name stamp. Writers of antiquity (e.g. Pin. nat. 35,160) seem to suggest a connection with Samian Ware ( Samia vasa ) [1]. TS developed around 40 BC in the west out of black-glaze ware. Black variants precede the red TS in Arezzo (Arretium) and the Po Valley (Padus). The existence of a precursor ‘red’ stage, a so-cal…

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Docter, Roald Fritjof (Amsterdam), “Terra sigillata”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 24 January 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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