Fragment: hero killing the lion

Egyptian
Byzantine (Coptic) Period
about 5th to 6th century A.D., A.D. 400–599


Dimensions

Height x width: 24.5 x 16.5 cm (9 5/8 x 6 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

64.130

Medium or Technique

Pottery

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

Geometric border on rim of plate and around central portion. Scene shows hero slaying lion; smaller lion and serpent below. Vertical band with geometric design on either side. Animal on fragmentary portion of center of plate.

Vessel may depict a scene from an ampitheatre. While such spectacles remained popular in Byzantium up until the seventh century, depictions of venators and gladiators are not often found on material culture from this period.

Provenance

By 1964: Dr. Herbert Hoffman Collection; 1964: Given by Dr. Herbert Hoffman to the MFA.

Credit Line

Gift of Dr. Herbert Hoffman