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Sherd from the centre of an African Red Slip Ware pottery lanx (large rectangular dish), showing an episode from the Trojan war where King Priam of Troy begs Achilles for the body of Priam's son Hector, slain by Achilles. Sherd preserves part of the border of the scene with medallions. Also (possibly) part of drapery of Priam.
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Height: 9.50 centimetres
Width: 15 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- This sherd together and the others in the group come from many different vessels, but together they recreate most of the border and much of the central scene of a large lanx (J.W. Hayes Late Roman Pottery 1972, form 56). The border shows the life of Achilles, from his birth to his departure for the Trojan War. The central scene shows the moment from the Trojan War when King Priam of Troy comes to Achilles to ask for the body of Priam's son Hector, slain by Achilles.
For recent discussion of production see Guéry & Slim 1998.
Guéry, R. & Slim, L. 1998. Trois matrices de plats rectangulaires à décor moulé du Bas-Empire,
Antiquités africaines Année 34.1, 199-212.
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- Associated Event: Trojan War
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- Acquisition notes
- This and all sherds in the group were collected during the 1960s in and around El Djem in central Tunisia.
- Greek and Roman
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