Red polished wares (RPW) represent a significant ceramic corpus from the Late Iron Age of South Arabia. These vessels have a distinctive rim, high shoulder carination, interior rim lip and a second low body carination. Found at many South Arabian sites, their closest parallels lie to the East. Excavations at Sohar in north Oman revealed a stratified sequence in which RPW's made up a significant percentage. Tied to the Parthian sphere of influence, they date to the early centuries A.D.