Late Imperial Period
first half of 3rd century A.D.
Place of Manufacture: Tunisia
17 x 10 cm (6 11/16 x 3 15/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Ceramic, North African Red Slip
Not On View
Front: Gladiator downed by a bear
Back: Running man and a bear attacking a boar
The scenes of brutal entertainment staged in amphitheatres are framed by the crowns and olive branches awarded victors.
Applied emblems on exterior. molded lowset handle with foliate relief decoration. Broken, restored; complete, but visible cracks, gloss worn off in places. Thin walls, glossy red slip. Narrow mouth, outturned rim, fine ridges below; elongated piriform body; ridge around base above small raised foot.
Comparanda: Cf. J. W. Hayes, Late Roman Pottery (1972) pp. 193-4, pl. VIII, form 171.39, from Trier, for the type.
By 1983: with Jeffrey Spier, P.O. Box 1082, Radio City Station, New York, N.Y. 10101; purchased from Jeffrey Spier by MFA, May 11, 1983
John Michael Rodocanachi Fund