Roman Samian Ware Epigraphic Pot
Circa 1st-2nd century AD. A moulded terracotta pot with pelletted design to the upper and lower borders, framing arcaded designs of female heads, two lovers on a bench, a standing figure, a bird, a tree, a recumbent animal; to the underside, a raised inscription in two lines: '..CURRA TROPHEM SANGUINE PRINCIPIO AVICTRIX IOVE INVICTA TULIT...' AND '...PIS VI..TIBUS ARMIS' and further text within one of the arches: '[...]NUCUBIS NATICOSA COL. EOS. FRANCI, with maker's mark internally AVE.VALE. Terracotta, 95 grams, 94 mm (3 3/4"). Property of a London collector, acquired early 1960's; Syrian workmanship. Supplied with a handwritten report from the late Professor W. G. Lambert detailing the content of the text as ''a philosophical reflection on some aspects of life' in provincial Latin.
Fair condition, restored from fragments. Rare.