of Type Rims Bases Handles Handles Black Glaze 13 4 0 25 Arretine
7 7 0 18 Imitation T.S.
For her palette, Swanson makes a mainstay of a warm, reddish orange that closely resembles the colour of Roman Arretine
wares, but in many of her pieces she also incorporates white or black terra sigillata, the latter of which can be produced from the former through saggar firing.
The contemporary absence from Messenia of the widely distributed Italian fine table wares--such as Arretine
, then so common at Corinth--may be explained by Messenia's agricultural prosperity, which exempted her from the imperial redistribution of grain carried out, for example, at Carthage, Sabratha, and Berenice.
Also included are such possible sources as byzantine ivories, reliefs on Roman clay lamps and, most intriguingly of all, an example of the Roman Arretine
ware that Vasari claimed as a source for rilievo schiacciato.