African red-slip bowl with a boy on a dolphin

Roman Provincial
Late Imperial Period
A.D. 350–400


Place of Manufacture: Tunisia

Dimensions

Diameter:: 7.5 cm.

Accession Number

1988.1086

Medium or Technique

Ceramic; African Red Slip Ware, figures in relief applied separately

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

Stamped applique reliefs inside. Four Appliques: 2 dolphins, a 3rd dolphin with a boy clinging to it (Arion?), and a large fish. Unbroken and in good condition.
[Label text]:
This could be one of several boys reputed to have been saved from drowning by dolphins or else Palaimon, the infant son of Zeus and Ino. The boy was drowned and resurrected as a dolphin-riding god.

Provenance

By 1988: with Galerie Gunter Puhze, Stadtstr. 28, D-7800 Freiburg, West Germany; December 14, 1988: purchased from Galerie Gunter Puhze on behalf of MFA by Mary B. Comstock; gift of Mary B. Comstock to MFA, December 1988

Credit Line

Gift of Mary B. Comstock