Bowl with armed men and wild animals in relief

Roman Provincial
Imperial Period
A.D. 115–125

Place of Manufacture: Central Gaul


Height: 13.4 cm (5 1/4); Diameter: 24.4 cm (9 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red gloss ware (terra sigillata)

Not On View


The Ancient World



Large hemispherical bowl set on a flattened ring-base and with a rounded lip. The upper part of the wall is left plain, a horizontal divider being provided by a band of ovolo above a narrow wavy line. The molded decoration, which completely fills the bowl, consists of a fight between men and wild animals, repeated four times with minor differences of spacing, to fit the field.


By date unknown (between 1950 and 1970): Dr. J. Kimmick Collection, Frankfurt, Germany (said to have been found not far from there); by March 2001: with Charles Ede Ltd, 20 Brook St., London W1Y 1AD (Charles Ede Ltd, Catalogue of Roman Pottery IV, March 2001, no. 8); purchased by MFA from Charles Ede Ltd., April 25, 2001

Credit Line

Benjamin and Lucy Rowland Fund