Red-Slip Pyriform Jug

Unknown200 - 275

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

Red-slip pyriform jug, with circular foot, decorated all around by scenes drawn from the wild beast hunts (venationes) staged in amphiteaters. The main decorative motifs are distributed over two vertical zones. Depicted are two scenes of venatores (professional perfoming hunters) wrestiling with boars, spanned above by arched ornamental elements. Opposite the handle, and between the two scenes of venatio, is a wreath with five upstanding plumes, emblems of the team acclaimed in a tabula ansata below, where the inscription "Perexi Nika" ("Victory to the Perexi") can be read. The handle itself is flanked by acanthus leaves; below the mouth of the jug, running all around, are grapes. All the decorations consist in mold-made appliques attached to the surface of the vessel. Such vases may have served as souvernirs of shows.

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  • Title: Red-Slip Pyriform Jug
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: 200 - 275
  • Location Created: North Africa, Tunisia
  • Physical Dimensions: 16.3 cm (6 7/16 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Terracotta
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California, Gift of William L. Eagleton, Jr.
  • Object Type: Jug
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 80.AE.44
  • Inscription: Secondary Inscription: Side A: inscription, "Perexi Nika" Translated from latin, "Victory of the Perexi"
  • Display Location: Currently on view at: Getty Villa, Gallery 209, Men in Antiquity
  • Department: Antiquities
  • Culture: Roman
  • Credit Line: Gift of William L. Eagleton, Jr.
  • Classification: Vessels


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