Fragment of a Romano-British bowl
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Portion of Romano-British micaceous, straight-sided, flat-rim coarseware bowl. This bowl is of a reddish-buff fabric blackened by fire. It has a Graffito picture cut into its outside surface after firing. It depicts two figures - a pygmy and a goose or crane. On the left is part of a figure of a goose confronted by a dwarf-size man in a knee-length tunic, whose nose has been elongated into a phallus. The depiction is perhaps intended as a satire against gluttony and lust. To the right of the scene and intended as a graffito on the wall is the word "CAVII" (Cave - beware) and the start of another word, possibly meaning 'Look out for trouble (malum)'.
101 AD - 135 AD