A Roman Terracotta Plaque with Brothel Scene, circa 1st Century A.D.
moulded in relief with an apparent narrative unfolding in three scenes from left to right and divided by architectural elements, the first vignette depicting the encounter of a man and woman accompanied by a dog, a phallus on a column at left, the second showing a man and woman embracing in a doorway, and the third two couples engaging in sexual activity on couches, egg-and-dart moulding along the lower edge, a fragmentary Latin inscription engraved prior to firing above the scenes.
32.5 by 59cm., 12 7/8 by 23 1/4in.
Dr. Sylvia Senter (1921-2013), New York, probably acquired by her mother in Rome in the 1960s (consistent with style of custom-made base and mounting)
by descent to the present owner