Not necessarily - the accretions and size/shape of the sherd are almost
identical to similar North African fragments in my institution's collection.
As for the motif - Christian iconography is not particularly rare on Samian
ware and there are many examples in my institution's collection of biblical
stories and motifs on both samian ware vessels and red-ware lamps - I have
included some good chi-ro examples below - both of which match the likely
(manufacturing) provenance of this sherd in North Africa.
It is not necessarily from Britain though - a look at the other listings
shows a wide variety of artefacts, some which are a little questionable and
many misidentified and poorly described (as in this example of a 'red
glazed' pottery fragment). They look more like a small scale dealer than an
amateur selling on local finds.
Hope that helps - other with a little more experience might be able to help
a little more definitively.
-- James Donaldson
Museum Student Coordinator, R.D. Milns Antiquities Museum
Room 327, Level 3, Building 9, UQ St Lucia Campus
On 25 February 2010 06:49, Dean Paton <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> My sister emailed me this link as she knows I am interested in early
> Christianity in
> This is surely a fake. Any thoughts?