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Roman face pot

Roman face pot
4 0 c m
actual image size: 22cm x 29cm

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Large face pot of Verulamium Region Coarse White-slipped ware (VCWS IIFACE). The pot is complete with three handles. The main body zone has concentric grooves with the face moulded on the upper body consisting of a chin, mouth, nose eye and eyebrows. The face is placed below the grooved rim. Pots of this type are found in cemeteries and in areas such as the Walbrook stream. It is thought that they may have been votive offerings providing general protection to the individuals who used them. It is not known what the faces are meant to portray - perhaps a human being, a god or a theatrical mask.

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121 AD - 160 AD
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