Highgate Wood form group: Plates and cups

This group include a range of vessels with finely finished surfaces, some with a red slip, or a finely burnished orange-red surface. The forms seem to be influenced from a range of sources including, however distantly, fine table wares such as terra sigillata and Gallo-Belgic wares, and Pompeian-Red ware platters.

  • 20: Plates with mouldings or grooves on the inner and/or outer profiles. Influence from terra sigillata forms Drag. 15/17 and 18 can be seen in a few examples (e.g. 20.1, 20.3), while others conform to a more generalised early-Roman table ware template, combining sigillata with other influences.
  • 21: A simple plate with a plain-rim. Some examples are probably influenced in both the form and finish of imported Pompeian-Red ware platters.
  • 22: A small campanulate cup similar to the sigillata Drag.27.
  • 24: A large campanulate pedestal cup or bowl. This rather striking form was probably derived from a Gallo-Belgic prototype.

These types, though relatively unusual at Highgate, illustrate the wide range of inspiration that the Highgate potters could draw upon, particularly during the mid- and later 1st century AD. In that context, these vessels should be considered alongside the strainer bowl 27 and the probable paterae 34 — both influenced (at least) by metal prototypes — and the flanged clibanus lid 26, probably inspired by an imported piece of Italian culinary ware.