Roman or Byzantine / Dish in the Form of a Temple / 3rd?5th centuryRoman or Byzantine
Dish in the Form of a Temple
3rd?5th century

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Anatolian; Byzantine
Creator Name-CRT: Roman or Byzantine
Title: Dish in the Form of a Temple
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 200
Creation End Date: 499
Creation Date: 3rd?5th century
Creation Place: Found in Carthage (now in Tunisia, North Africa)
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: Rock crystal
Dimensions: H. 2 3/8 in. (6 cm), Diam. 1 5/8 in. (4.1 cm)
Description: This carefully carved dish, shaped like a circular temple, was probably meant for use as a saltcellar. It was found, along with four other rock-crystal carvings, in a cistern in Carthage (now in Tunisia, North Africa). The delicacy of the objects found there demonstrates the quality of the arts produced in one of the great cities of the Roman and early Byzantine world.
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 55.135.5
Credit Line: Bequest of Ada Small Moore, 1955
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
AMICA ID: MMA_.55.135.5
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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