Terracotta mold fragment

Period:
Mid Imperial
Date:
ca. 2nd century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
Overall: 3 1/8 x 5 1/2 in. (7.9 x 14 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.194.2135
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
This fragment has all the salient characteristics of a mold used to manufacture a relief bowl: faint horizontal striations indicating it was wheel made; incised designs on a concave surface; and no trace of glaze.