01-12/2012 'Pierre Coste on Agesilaus and Diana'
A Colleague of mine sent me a link to this Puzzle, because of my interest for the inscription of Sparta in the travel literature.
I didn't knew the origin of the citation by Conte, but I found it.
It comes from Ellis Veryard, An account of divers choice remarks, as well as geographical, as historical, political, mathematical, physical, and moral taken in a journey through the Low-Countries, France, Italy, and part of Spain with the isles of Sicily and Malta ... as also, a voyage to the Levant ..., London, 1701, p. 356-357.
Here it is: http://books.google.at/books?id=Y1IGAAAAQAAJ&printsec=frontcover&hl=de&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false
In the first two lines we would expect the identity of the dedicator (probably name in nominative and patronymic in genitive). I can't pretend to make much sense of it straightaway but the end of the fist line looks temptingly like ... TIANOC, which suits the Roman date for the statuette.
Puzzle ID: 01-01/2012 'From vintage to mise en amphore?'
The two names might not be a reference to consuls, but to potters or owners of ceramic workshops. They appear on a number of pottery fragments in Italy, Narbonensis, Lugdunensis, even Germania Inferior (see e.g.: CIL XIII 10009, 134; CIL XIII 10009, 229a; CAG 56, p. 373; 75, p. 110; 83-03, p. 359, etc.). They are known as producers of Arretine ware, probably among other things.
They are mentioned in various articles about Roman ceramics, among them: G. Fülle in JRS 87, 1997, 142; M.T. Marabini Moers, in Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome, 32, 1973, 29, 62, 222n. 99.
The date seems to be Augustan-early Tiberian period.