Roman flask with gladiator decorationR29
A red slip pottery flask with two handles and applique decoration.
One side is decorated with a figure of a gladiator dressed in a loin cloth and fighting a leopard. The other side is decorated with a (partial) standing naked figure holding a purse, probably Mercury.
Roman, North African colonies, 3rd or 4th Century AD
16.3 x 11 cms
One side of the body has been repaired and restored
Ex. private collection, Paris, France; inherited and formerly acquired in North Africa during the early to mid 20th Century.