Fragment of a Rock Crystal Bowl

Date: 3rd–5th century

Culture: Roman or Byzantine

Medium: Rock crystal

Dimensions: Overall: 1 3/4 x 3 11/16 x 1 5/8 in. (4.5 x 9.4 x 4.2 cm)

Classification: Lapidary Work-Crystal

Credit Line: Bequest of Ada Small Moore, 1955

Accession Number: 55.135.7


Fish and shells carved in relief decorate this remnant of a bowl. The original may have been suspended from chains and filled with oil for use as a lamp. It was one of a group of five rock-crystal objects found in a cistern in Carthage (now in Tunisia, North Africa).