Altar with raised base and hollowed top.

Roman Provincial ?
1st century A.D.?

Place of Manufacture: Asia Minor


Height: 9 cm (3 9/16 in.); width at base: 8.5 cm (3 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Architectural elements

Square hollow altar with raised base and hollowed top. Mythological scene in relief on each side. Gray clay, gray polished slip. Ovolo molding on stepped base, dentils above reliefs, recessed crown with relief spirals, rosettes, flames. A: Tragic actor or muse before Apollo; B: Poseidon and Amymone; C: Kassandra or Palladion; D: seduction of drunken Herakles?? (or Dionysos). Perhaps used as a lamp.


By 1965: with Tassos Zoumboulakis (said to come from Asia Minor); purchased by MFA from Tassos Zoumboulakis, November 10, 1965

Credit Line

Edwin E. Jack Fund