A well-detailed, ancient Roman hollow-cast patera finial in the shape of a ram’s head. It is octagonal in plan, with the ram’s head modelled in the round. The ram’s head features distinctive spiral horns and ears, and finely incised skin, eyes, and mouth.
Date: Circa 1st - 3rd Century AD Condition: Very fine condition, signs of ageing and beautiful green patina on the surface. Ferrous spike to the interior.
A patera was a broad and shallow dish or bowl, mostly produced in bronze, and often used as a sacred libation vessel. The ram’s head finial could allude to the ritual function of the object, as the ram was a favoured sacrificial victim at Roman festivals. As well as the religious, the patera was also used in the domestic sphere.
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