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.
Ca. 2nd - 3rd century AD.
Height: 6 1/2 in. (15.9 cm).
Pentasius was the name of a sodalitas, an organization that staged chariot races and venationes (wild beast shows).
Terra Sigillata was initially an Italian ware, but in the first century AD production shifted to Gaul and later to the colonies along the German frontier.
From the 1st century AD onward, North African red-slip ware production expanded greatly and began to replace Italian Terra Sigillata pottery, and compete with Gallic wares in Southern France. Nova Karthago was the center of production but smaller factories soon cropped up throughout Numidia and Byzacena.
Formerly in the V. H. collection, Vienna, acquired in the 1970s.