African red-slip bowl with a boy on a dolphin

Roman Provincial
Late Imperial Period
A.D. 350–400

Place of Manufacture: Tunisia


Diameter:: 7.5 cm.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic; African Red Slip Ware, figures in relief applied separately

Not On View


The Ancient World



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.
[Label text]:
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

Credit Line

Gift of Mary B. Comstock