This type of high-quality pottery was made of fine clay in central Tunisia. Although fine red slip ware, the so-called ‘Arrentine’ ware, was first produced in Italy, African red slip ware was the most popular type of tableware in the Roman Empire by the 3rd century AD. Red ware pottery was made in Roman Africa from the 1st to the 7th century AD, with Byzacena and Zeugitana (in modern day Tunisia) boasting the most production.
Roman North African Red Slip Ware Jug
A fine redware jug, with a rounded body and applied decoration including a bearded face (upside down), a leaping hare, and four palm fronds. The top of the neck is decorated with two concentric grooves. The jug also features a simple, slightly out-turned rim; two handles, the outsides of which are also decorated with palm frond design; and a small ring foot, on which the jug stands.
Condition: Fine condition; complete and intact with light earthy deposits.