Altar with raised base and hollowed top.

Roman Provincial ?
1st century A.D.?


Place of Manufacture: Asia Minor

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

65.1318

Medium or Technique

Terracotta

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

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.

Provenance

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