Terracotta bowl

Signed by Perennius Tigranus as owner

Period: Early Imperial, Augustan

Date: ca. 10 B.C.–A.D. 10

Culture: Roman

Medium: Terracotta; Arretine ware

Dimensions: H. 7 1/4 in. (18.4 cm)
diameter 8 5/8 in. (21.9 cm)

Classification: Vases

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1910

Accession Number: 10.210.37


The finest Roman pottery made during the Augustan period is known as Arretine ware, named for the region in which it was produced, ancient Arretium (modern Arezzo). The red glossy glaze was not only cherished in antiquity but also inspired artists of the Renaissance. Arretine ware shares many of the shapes and decorative elements of contemporary silver and cameo glass vessels. The dancers and musicians on this cup frolic in a field decorated with cymbals, panpipes, and tambourines that are suspended from bows tied to garlands