Roman Terra Sigillata Flask
An ancient Roman terra sigillata piriform single handled flask. The body is impressed with molded decorations of palm fronds, a bounding hare, and a tabula ansata inscribed, PENTASI NIKA, "may Pentasius win."
Terra Sigillata Africana.
Pentasius was the name of a sodalitas, an organization that staged chariot races and venationes (wild beast shows).
This could make a fun gift. How many "Steelers/Packers/Cowboys/Phillies/Insert Your Team Here" mugs have you given as a gift? Here is a great example of an ancient team mug stamped with the inscription "may Pentasius win."
Formerly in the V. H. collection, Vienna, acquired in the 1970s.