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Inscribed appliqué relief broken from an indented pottery beaker.
Orange-red glaze; oval form, surrounded by a thick laurel-wreath tied at, top and bottom, within which is a design in relief.
Scene from a Roman tragedy, perhaps the Cycnus: In the background is a high raised platform (Θεολογείον) ornamented with bosses and a palm-branch laid horizontally midway up on the left, on the top of which are seated three deities: in the centre, Zeus looking to his right, with drapery over left shoulder and knees, thunderbolt (?) in right hand and sceptre in left; on his right is Victory, with right hand raised to her neck and left on knee, drapery over lower limbs; on his left, Athena looking up as if in supplication to Zeus; she has helmet, short chiton, and spear in right hand, and her left rests on her shield. In front of this platform Herakles is seen in back view as if moving off to left, turning round to right and with raised right arm addressing Ares who stands before him. Herakles is nude and bearded, and holds club in left hand; Ares is bearded, with crested helmet, short chiton, spear in right hand and left resting on shield. Between them on the ground is the eagle of Zeus to the front with head to right.
Over Herakles is inscribed: …IA.VIRTVS.NVSQVA.TERRERI.POTEST – Invic]ta Virtus nusqua(am) terreri potest: ‘Unvanquished Virtue can never be intimidated’; behind Ares, ADESSE.VLTOREM.NATI.M.CREDAS.MEI - Adesse ultorem nati m(e) credas mei: ‘Believe that I am come as avenger of my son’; below this, …TORI,…tori (name of potter).
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Height: 10.16 centimetres
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- Roman Pottery
Gaz. Arch. 1877, pl. 12, p. 66; Dechelette, Vases ornés de la Gaule rom., ii.. p. 290; Baumeister, iii. p. 1756 , fig. 1832; Walters, Ancient Pottery, ii. p. 531; Philologus, Suppl.-Bd. v. p. 25; Arch. Zeit. 1879, p. 187; C.I.L. xii. 5687, 4.
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