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Terracotta mortarium fragment

Period:
Early Imperial
Date:
A.D. 50–85
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
Overall: 5 x 2 7/8 x 1 1/4 in. (12.7 x 7.3 x 3.2 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.194.2363
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Mortaria were used for mixing and grinding foodstuff that could then be poured out of the spout in one side of the broad, flanged rim. This fragment retains part of the spout and the stamp on the rim that identifies the maker as (G. Atisius) GRATV(s), whose workshop was at Augusta Tricastinorum (modern Aoste) in the Rhone valley. This type of mortarium is found in Eastern Gaul, the Rhineland, and occasionally Southern Britain.
Inscription: Inscribed: GRATV
Froehner, Wilhelm. 1903. Collection Julien Gréau. Verrerie antique, émaillerie et poterie appartenant à M. John Pierpont Morgan no. 265, p. 292, Paris.

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