African Red Slip Ware Bowl with Orpheus and the Animals

Roman Provincial
Late Roman or Early Christian Period
A.D. 350–430


Place of Manufacture: Tunisia, Byzacena, Sidi Marzouk Tounsi (probably)

Dimensions

Diameter: 19.5 cm (7 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

1981.658

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, African Red Slip Ware: figures molded separately and applied

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

Shallow bowl with applied figures on interior. Seated Orpheus playing lyre, surrouned by boar, rabbit, antelope, bear, goat, stag, and lion. Tree to left of Orpheus. Minor restoration; otherwise in good condition; some cracks and chips in figures.

Provenance

By 1981: with Christie, Manson & Woods, Ltd., 8 King Street, St. James's, London SW1Y 6QT, England (auction, December 10, 1981, lot 170); purchased from Christie, Manson & Woods, Ltd. by MFA at the auction; ratified by Committee on the Collections, April 14, 1982

Credit Line

John Wheelock Elliot and John Morse Elliot Fund