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Ancient Roman Ceramic Terracotta Piece of Plate

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Large fragment from a terra sigillata plate dish , displaying a frieze of profile images of actor mask and geometrical figure: 173mm, 135 grams.Acquired 1990s. on the German art market.LITERATURE:Cf. Beutler, F. et al., Der Adler Roms. Carnuntum und die Armee der C?saren, Bad-Deutsch-Altenburg, 2017.FOOTNOTES:This terra sigillata fragment appears to have been part of a large tray. Elements of dying paganism were still used to celebrate the deeds of the new imperial heroes. Note the detailed late Roman clothing of the harpist, with a chlamys-paludamentum on the right shoulder and the tunic decorated with clavi and orbiculi.