A fine fragment of an Ancient Roman North African terracotta plaque depicting a pteurocentaur, a creature from Ancient Greek mythology with the head and torso of a man, and the lower body of a winged horse. The relief, executed in the typical classical style, shows a rearing pterocentaur with one arm raised and the hand open towards the sky, whereas in the other he is holding a stick. A tree, with large leaves and bearing fruit, is depicted to the rear of the creature. Anatomical details of the creature are extremely finely rendered, with the plumage of the wings designed with extremely fine detail, as well as the tail. A metal hoop has been attached to the reverse of the piece, which remains unworked.
Date: Circa 3rd-4th Century AD