Roman, Imperial Period, ca. 1st to 2nd century CE. A wheel-thrown redware terracotta strainer vessel with a small ringed foot, a tall bulbous body, a petite pouring spout, a tall rim detailed with several horizontal striations, a shallow receptacle with five perforated holes, and a petite bifurcated handle joining rim to body. A decorative register of impressed vertical hash-marks coil around the midpoint of the body which give it a textured feel. Strainer vessels like this were most likely one of the parts of a wine service, serving as a carafe with a built-in sieve for straining out any extraneous floating matter and other impurities. Size: 2.625" W x 5.125" H (6.7 cm x 13 cm).
For a stylistically-similar example with a larger body and a longer handle, please see The Metropolitan Museum of Art, accession number 74.51.393: https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/239978
Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection
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Age-commensurate surface wear and abrasions, very minor nicks to spout, foot, and rim, light fading to pigmentation, and some encrustations, otherwise intact and very good. Light earthen deposits and nice mineral deposits throughout.