Roman Terra Sigillata Mold: Gladiators
An ancient Roman pottery mold for making terra sigillata pottery. The upper register shows a togate trainer behind a Thrax gladiator who advances at another gladiator. The lower register depicts a baboon and a canine.
From La Grafanesque, France.
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.
Formerly in the D. M. collection, Brussels, Belgium since the 1980's.