London, South Kensington
28 April 2004
TWO ROMAN POTTERY PILGRIM FLASKS
2ND-3RD CENTURY A.D.
The larger flask moulded on each side of the circular body with a Murmillo and Provocator gladiator in combat, flanked by birds, within a laurel wreath border, repaired with restoration, 11½ in. (29.2 cm.) high; the other similar, depicting Retiarius and Secutor gladiators, one side with the victor's palm branch between them and a trident below, on the reverse they are transposed, repaired, 8 3/8 in. (21.3 cm.) high; and a Roman green glass flask with tall body and knop base, a single applied trail around the flaring rim, twin strap handles, circa 3rd Century A.D., 8½ in. (21.6 cm.) high (3)
Item one: acquired in 1987, Cologne.
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