A distinctive red, highly polished earthenware pottery mass-produced in between 100AD and 300AD mainly in Roman Gaul. This pottery is often highly decorated with figures, animals and geometric designs.
Samian ware is a kind of bright red Roman pottery also known as terra sigillata. It is similar to the earlier Arretine ware and both types are attempts to copy more expensive metal originals. Because of this they display skeuomorphic characteristics.