Seeing Faces: Material Diversification and Identity Performance Through Romano-British Face Pots
Vander Horst, Danielle Michele
This paper reviews Romano-British face pots, a ceramic type first discussed by Braithwaite (1984; 2007). By focusing on inter-provincial differences in depositional context and conducting a technical analysis of the pots’ functionality and practicality, this paper expands our understanding of not only how face pots might have been used, but also how such uses were informative of identity formation and performance in Roman Britain. Despite inherent methodological complications such as limited provenience records and a small sample size, it is argued in this paper that the Romano-British face pots display behaviors unique to the province and thus are productive material conduits for challenging antiquated cultural binaries, and for illustrating Romano-British ideas of identity and the body.
Ceramics; Archaeology; Ancient history; Face Pots; Identity and Personhood; Material Studies; Roman Britain; Romano-British Pottery; Classical studies
Van Oyen, Astrid
Master of Arts
dissertation or thesis