late Roman, Asia Minor, early Christian, 3rd century
Overall - h:41.50 w:36.00 d:18.50 cm (h:16 5/16 w:14 1/8 d:7 1/4 inches)
After disobeying the Lord’s command to proclaim judgment on the city of Nineveh, the Old Testament prophet Jonah was cast into the sea and swallowed by a sea monster. He spent three days praying inside the beast before being cast ashore. Here, the beast spits Jonah out of its mouth.