Plate with a tigress attacking an ibex

Byzantine
Early Byzantine Period
about A.D. 450–525


Place of Manufacture: Eastern Mediterranean

Catalogue Raisonné

Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 154.

Dimensions

Diameter: 20.5 cm (8 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

69.1146

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Europe, The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

Silver plate with panther leaping on a goat. An ibex falls prey to a tigress, who has sunk her teeth into the victim’s back. A leafy tree provides the background. The ibex sinks to the ground, his legs collapsing. In the lower right, a small lizard-like animal. Inside the low conical base, a control stamp of the imperial mint of the Eastern Roman Empire.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Robert E. Hecht; by 1969: with George Zacos, Engelgasse 65, Basel, Switzerland; purchased by MFA from George Zacos, October 15, 1969

Credit Line

Centennial purchase from the Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour