Roman - Bowl with Lions, 170-210 AD


Bowl with Lions, 170-210 AD

Phrygian marble, 47 x 72.5 x 58 cm (18 1/2 x 28 9/16 x 22 13/16 in.) overall


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Purchased by Isabella Stewart Gardner from an unknown art dealer in Rome for about 500 francs (with a head of Bacchus, likely museum no. S12w11) on 2 November 1897, through the Roman art dealer Alfredo Barsanti and the painter Joseph Lindon Smith (1863-1950).


Catalogue. Fenway Court. (Boston, 1903), p. 11. (as "Marble Roman Vase with Climbing Animals")
Gilbert Wendel Longstreet and Morris Carter. General Catalogue (Boston, 1935), p. 109. (as Italian, probably 16th century after a Roman type)
“Notes, Records, Comments.” Gardner Museum Calendar of Events 6, no. 10 (4 Nov. 1962), p. 2. (as probably 16th century)
“Notes, Records, Comments.” Gardner Museum Calendar of Events 9, no. 9 (31 Oct. 1965), p. 2.
Cornelius C. Vermeule III et al. Sculpture in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston, 1977), p. 51, no. 73. (as Roman, imperial period; the lower third as probably Italian, 16th century)
Cornelius C. Vermeule III. "Souvenirs of Alexander the Great's March through Persia to India." Fenway Court (1983), pp. 42-45, fig. 1. (as Roman, 2nd century AD, with 16th century Italian restorations)
Annewies van den Hoek et al. "Paulinus of Nola, Courtyards, and Canthari." Harvard Theological Review (2000), pp. 173-219, fig.14. (as about 170-210 AD with much restoration)

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