A fine Ancient Roman redware jug, with a rounded plain body and long neck. The top of the neck leads to a simple, slightly out-turned rim. Two handles, the outsides of which are also decorated with a palm frond design, have been applied from the middle of the neck to the body. The jug terminates on a small ring foot.
This type of high-quality pottery was made of fine clay in central Tunisia. Although fine red slip ware, the so-called ‘Arrentine’ ware, was first produced in Italy, African red slip ware was the most popular type of tableware in the Roman Empire by the 3rd century AD. Red ware pottery was made in Roman Africa from the 1st to the 7th century AD, with Byzacena and Zeugitana (in modern day Tunisia) boasting the most production.