North African Mould with Fish and Dogs

Culture: Roman/North Africa
Period: 5th century A.D.
Material: Gypsum
Dimensions: 7.5 cm x 26.2 cm
Price: Sold
Ref: 3180
Provenance: Collection C.N., Vienna.
Condition: Except for some wear wonderfully preserved.
Description: Circular gypsum mould in form of a plate with a detailed image area. Depicted are 13 fish in different sizes with rich details on their bodies. In the center two hunting dogs with long tails, big ears and open jaws. The form of this large plate suggests that it was used to press reliefs for round pilgrim flasks. Line marks (register marks) are at the sides of the rim and three indentations for the other half to perfectly fit into. Very rare.