Roman reddish terracotta decanter, 50-350 A.D.

This piece of terracotta modelled on a lathe is a wine decanter. The main objective of the decanters is to favour the expressiveness of wines with a certain age of maturity. Its origin can be found in the Roman Empire as the Romans used clay amphoras to deposit the wine around which most of their social interactions revolved. They also introduced glass and the technique of blowing it into shape, without which today's decanters would not exist. The first and second centuries A.D. belong to the period known as Upper Imperial Rome, i.e. the time of splendour of the Roman Empire. It is a flourishing period thanks to the arrival in power of Augustus, who brought about powerful changes in the Empire that had an impact on Roman art. During this period, the aesthetics of sculpture came from the Hellenistic world and, with respect to typologies, historical relief and portraits predominated, which sought to promote the most important characters or events.


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