Bowl with Three Animals


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 300

Bowls very similar to this example have been found in excavations throughout the Byzantine world. Animals associated with the hunt—birds of prey, large cats, deer, hares, and cranes—were common subject matter for Byzantine tableware. One of the creatures on this plate, a long-eared rabbit, is easily recognized. The other two animals have been identified as a large panther and its prey, a deer.

Bowl with Three Animals, Engraved cut-slipware, Byzantine

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