Bowl with animals and Dionysiac emblems

Roman Provincial
Late Imperial Period
A.D. 220–320

Place of Manufacture: Gaul?

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cast silver

Not On View


The Ancient World



[Label text]:
Bowl with figure-decorated rim: Animals, theatrical masks, children hunting, altars, and a temple.
Many silver bowls buried in Gaul during the barbarian incursions of the late third century have this kind of decoration. The apparently disconnected figures evoke a Bacchic paradise of sport, entertainment, and piety.


By date unknown: Ennest Brummer Collection; 1979: with Galerie Koller AG, Rämistrasse 8, 8001 Zurich, Switzerland in collaboration with Spink & Son, Schifflände 12, 8001 Zurich, Switzerland (auction of the Ernest Brummer Collection, Grand Hotel Dolder, Zurich, Oct. 16-19, lot 37); by 1991: Jonathan Kagan and Sallie Fried Collection (acquired from Rabi Gallery, between 1987 and 1991); year-end gift of Jonathan Kagan and Sallie Fried to MFA, December 26, 1991; accessioned by MFA January 22, 1992

Credit Line

Gift of Jonathan Kagan and Sallie Fried