African Red Slip Ware Bowl with Orpheus and the Animals

Roman Provincial
Late Roman or Early Christian Period
A.D. 350–430

Place of Manufacture: Tunisia, Byzacena, Sidi Marzouk Tounsi (probably)


Diameter: 19.5 cm (7 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, African Red Slip Ware: figures molded separately and applied

Not On View


The Ancient World



Shallow bowl with applied figures on interior. Seated Orpheus playing lyre, surrouned by boar, rabbit, antelope, bear, goat, stag, and lion. Tree to left of Orpheus. Minor restoration; otherwise in good condition; some cracks and chips in figures.


By 1981: with Christie, Manson & Woods, Ltd., 8 King Street, St. James's, London SW1Y 6QT, England (auction, December 10, 1981, lot 170); purchased from Christie, Manson & Woods, Ltd. by MFA at the auction; ratified by Committee on the Collections, April 14, 1982

Credit Line

John Wheelock Elliot and John Morse Elliot Fund