Marbled slip ware bowl, Neronian, mid–1st century a.d.
Terracotta; D. 5 11/16 in (14.4 cm)
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.194.852)
A stamp at the center of the bottom of the bowl reads CASTVS•FE[CIT] (Castus made [it]). Castus was a potter who worked at La Graufesenque in southern Gaul (France) and seems to have specialized in making tableware in marbled slip, thereby imitating bowls in more costly semiprecious stone and mosaic glass.