The Collecting History of an Early Christian Lead Vessel: From Carthage to the 1867 Paris Universal Exhibition Articles uri icon



publication date

  • April 2022

start page

  • 243

end page

  • 259


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  • 126

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0002-9114


  • This article is based on research into the archaeological collections exhibited at the Universal Exhibition in Paris in 1867. In the course of that research, various documents were found relating to an Early Christian lead vessel, discovered in Carthage and since disappeared, that attracted the attention of many scholars at the time. This article aims to trace the history of the vase from its discovery to its exhibition in Paris through illustrations and published and unpublished documents. Archival data are drawn on to offer a description of the lost vase"s iconography that is as complete as possible.