Terracotta bowl fragment

Period:
Late Imperial
Date:
A.D. 350–430
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Terracotta; African red slip ware
Dimensions:
width 5 1/4in. (13.3cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.194.2039
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Other more complete bowls decorated with a similar scene are known. Isis sits on a throne amidships, flanked by Demeter holding a cornucopiae. In the stern of the boat a winged cupid sings to the goddess, and another figure probably accompanies him on a musical instrument.
Said to be from North Africa

Froehner, Wilhelm. 1903. Collection Julien Gréau. Verrerie antique, émaillerie et poterie appartenant à M. John Pierpont Morgan no. 12, p. 262, pl. 337.2, Paris.