African red-slip bowl with a boy on a dolphin
Late Imperial Period
Place of Manufacture: Tunisia
Diameter:: 7.5 cm.
Medium or Technique
Ceramic; African Red Slip Ware, figures in relief applied separately
Not On View
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.
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.
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
Gift of Mary B. Comstock