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“Aco type” terra sigillata beaker

Aco beakers were part of an extensive and highly successful production of fine ware in northern Italy between the Late Republic and the Tiberian period.

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© It is named after one of the main potters who produced such vessels, a man of Celtic descent who – like many others – signed his works. These items are characterized by elegant decorations in the Greek style, created by impressing the motif in a mould. The body of this artefact, from the excavation of dwellings found over Villanovan tombs at the Benacci Caprara estate, bears one of the most singular and widespread decorative motifs, referred to as Kommaregen, with closely set small triangles in relief that make the surface of the beaker rough and thus less slippery. Beneath the plant motifs is the maker’s stamp, C LAMPAT FIG, which may stand for Caius Lamius Patavinus Figulus and thus seems to refer to a craftsman (figulus) from the Padua area.

Provenance: Bologna, Via A. Costa, Benacci Caprara estate
Datation: Augustan period
Material: Clay
Inventory #: 19491

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