A large number of glazed Byzantine ceramics have been excavated from shipwrecks along major Byzantine trade routes in the Aegean and Mediterranean seas. Ships would sail along the coastline, selling goods and taking on new cargo at each port. Differences in the chemical composition and manufacture of the excavated ceramics are evidence of multiple production centers and the complex trade network that moved wares throughout the Empire. The green color of the glaze on this bowl is the result of the vessel’s long immersion in sea water, probably after a shipwreck.
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