Date: 3rd–5th century
Culture: Roman or Byzantine
Medium: Rock crystal
Dimensions: Overall: 2 3/8 x 1 5/8 in. (6 x 4.1 cm)
Classification: Lapidary Work-Crystal
Credit Line: Bequest of Ada Small Moore, 1955
Accession Number: 55.135.5
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.