Roman-style Decorated Cup – Eastern Terra Sigillata Ware


Eastern Terra Sigillata Ware Cup from the Roman Period

  • Decorated with rosettes, horses, and chariots
  • Second Temple Period
  • Roman-style clay cup
  • Excellent condition
  • IAA Export Approval available.
  • Certificate of authenticity included.

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Decorated Clay Cup from the Roman Period

Jesus grew up in a conflicted region. Nazareth of the first century CE was within eyeshot of Sepphoris, a large city that embraced Roman culture. Perhaps Jesus, along with Joseph the carpenter, helped to build structures in Sepphoris. The Romans embraced the culture, art and beauty of the Greek culture. This Roman-style decorated cup is an example of the extravagance of this culture. Surely the eye catching scenes on the streets of Sepphoris tempted the senses of the Jewish people in the region. Yet, Jesus’ friends and relatives clung to their worship of the one true God. They showed their distaste for their Roman overlords by eschewing Roman culture and embracing lives of stark simplicity.

“For our boasting is this: the testimony of our conscience that we conducted ourselves in the world in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom but by the grace of God, and more abundantly toward you.”  2 Corinthians 1:12

This Roman-style decorated cup serves as an example of the Roman cultural influence that surrounded Jesus as He grew up in Nazareth. It reminds us not to be distracted by the pleasures of the world, but to focus on Jesus.


This cup represents the Roman style of pottery known as Eastern Terra Sigillata ware. The clay cup features a bright orange surface and decorations of raised rosettes and a scene of horse and chariots.

● Height: 3.5″ / 8.9cm.
● Diameter: 3.5″ / 8.9cm.

Antiquities from the land of the Bible are great investments and teaching tools. They bring the Bible to life in a tangible way, connecting the stories of the Bible with real artifacts that illuminate the text.

Comes with a certificate of authenticity and all required documents for export approval.

Shipped direct from Jerusalem.

Zak’s Antiquities is the website of Zak’s fine art and antiquities located on the Christian Quarter road in Jerusalem’s Old City. The shop began in 1964 and has remained as a family owned and operated business till this day. For the past 50 years Zak’s Antiquities has sold ancient coins, antiquities and art authentic to Israel and Jerusalem. 


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