According Roman mythology, Vesta was the goddess of hearth, and one of the twelve most honoured gods in the Roman pantheon. Her priestesses, the Vestal Virgins, thus enjoyed an elevated status in society, receiving privileges unbeknownst to others of their gender (such as attendance at certain religious festivals and ceremonies, and protection of lictors). The primary responsibility of the Vestal Virgins was to tend the everlasting flame in the Temple of Vesta: each of the Vestals served for thirty years; undertook strict vows of chastity; and were overseen by Rome’s leading priest, the Pontifex Maximus.
Lead Veiled Female Bust
An interesting, ancient Roman lead bust of a woman with a veiled head. The veil worn by the female figure may signify the cult of Vesta, the ancient Roman goddess of the hearth and home. The bust probably depicts a priestess or worshipper, who were called Vestals or Vestal Virgins.
Condition: Fine with signs of aging and earthly encrustations on the surface. The back appears unworked. Please note that the stand is not included with the artefact