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Fragment of a small patera (dish)


Height (as mounted): 4.5cm
Width (at half break): 7.5cm, maximum
Thickness: 2cm

Museum number: L120

Vermeule catalogue number: Vermeule 488help-vermeule-catalogue-number

Curatorial note

This piece was described in the earliest inventories of the Museum as 'Fragment of an anitque lamp (lizard) [AB inventory, 1837, p9]. In fact, it is a fragment of a small (Votive?) patera with part of the incised, raised edge surviving near the cross break and the figure of a lizard in the centre.

Similar type earthenware bowls or dishes with birds in relief in the centres have been found at Mainz and Friedberg and are now in the Museum of Darmstadt1.

1Germania Romana, pl. 87, no. 1.

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