Terra Sigillata

We have a winner!

Monday’s contest to win $50 decoding the chemical and historical nature of the Terra Sigillata banner masthead got such a response that I didn’t even expect it. Amazingly, one entrant answered 4 of the 5 questions correctly, with the 5th being closest of anyone.

I’ll be contacting the lucky feller forthwith regarding delivery of his fifty American dollars. The answers will follow in subsequent posts, but here are the questions once again of you care to exercise your mind:

1. What is the complete name of the dude on the righthand side of the banner and why do you think I picked him to as the icon for Terra Sigillata?

2. What is the name of the chemical compound on the left side of the banner (i.e., the one whose catechol ring surrounds the “S” of “Sigillata”?

3. What is the name of the chemical compound on the right (i.e., immediately to the right of “Sigillata” but the left of the dude)?

4. Which compound (i.e., 2 or 3) is most closely associated with the work of the dude on the right in #1?

5. What is the common precursor molecule (i.e. building block) that is used biosynthesize both molecules 2 and 3?