Dish with figures in applied relief

Roman Provincial
Imperial Period
3rd century A.D.

Place of Manufacture: Tunisia, Byzacena


Height: 3.1 cm (1 1/4 in.); diameter: 19.4 cm (7 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, North African Red Slip Ware

Not On View


The Ancient World



Dish on a vestigial ring base and with a single groove just below the rim of the interior. It is decorated with five appliqués, four of which are based on wild-beast shows: a five-plumed wreath, a charging lion, a venator kneeling behind his shield to protect himself from another lion, and Acteon, with horns sprouting from his head, being attacked by one of his own dogs. Fifth is a figure of Cupid.


By June 1999: with Christie's New York, 20 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10020 (Christie's Sale June 30, 1999, lot 161); by March 2001: with Charles Ede Ltd., 20 Brook St., London W1Y 1AD (Charles Ede Ltd, Catalogue of Roman Pottery IV, March 2001, no. 17); purchased by MFA from Charles Ede Ltd., April 25, 2001

Credit Line

Benjamin and Lucy Rowland Fund