African red slip beaker
Late Imperial Period
3rd century A.D.
Place of Manufacture: Tunisia
15.7 cm (6 3/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Ceramic, Figures in relief moulded separately
Not On View
Applied decoration: Bacchus and a satyr separated by palm branches. Clay with glossy red-orange coating. Stylized leaf decoration.
Cylindrical straight rim above ridge around slightly flaring neck, minimally offset with slightly piriform globular body on ring base. Strap handle rising to just under ridge from neck to shoulder.
Front: Satyr carrying a large wine vessel (kantharos)
Back: Bacchus, god of wine
The figures are separated by palm branches symbolizing Bacchic victory.
By 1995: with Acanthus Gallery, 24 East 81st Street, New York, NY 10028; purchased by MFA from Acanthus Gallery, September 20, 1995
Benjamin and Lucy Rowland Fund