Vessel with relief decoration

Hellenistic Period (Ptolemaic Dynasty)
305–30 B.C.


Height x diameter: 24 x 15 cm (9 7/16 x 5 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Pale green faience

On View

Egyptian Late Period Gallery (Gallery 216)


The Ancient World



Fragmentary faience jar, decorated in a raised relief style characteristic of the late 4th century BC. The main frieze shows a man in Greek attire reclining on a couch, with a woman seated on a chair beside him. In front of him are a flute player and a woman offering a garland. On the neck is a winged griffin. The shoulder is decorated with a cable motif and a row of rosettes, while the base is decorated with palmettes.


By 1962: Horace L. Mayer (d. 1968) collection; 1962: given to the MFA by Horace L. Mayer.
(Accession Date: January 10, 1962)

Credit Line

Gift of Horace L. Mayer