Height: 5.100 cm
Bequeathed by Sir A.W. Franks
Room 41: Europe AD 300-1100
Bowl from the Carthage Treasure
Late Roman, 4th - early 5th century
Found on the Hill of St Louis, Carthage, Tunisia
Chased and hammered with pastoral scenes in relief
The bowl is decorated with five pastoral scenes, four around the rim and one in the central medallion. The same figures occur in each scene - a shepherd, his dog and one or two of his flock, either sheep or goats. The shepherd rest upon his crook or reclines on rocky ledges. Trees with double leaves (possibly palm trees) and a vine create landscape settings, enhanced by grasses engraved in the background. In one scene a round tower appears.
group around the rim is separated from the next by a large male or
female mask in profile. Such
It is assumed that the silver items found in the Carthage treasure all belonged to a single family, the Cresconii, whose name is inscribed on one of the dishes. They were an important family in North Africa in the fourth and fifth centuries when Carthage was second only to Rome in importance.
J.P.C. Kent and K.S. Painter (eds.), Wealth of the Roman world, AD (London, The British Museum Press, 1977)