Pottery face-urn

Roman Britain, 2nd century AD
From Colchester, Essex

A container for the ashes of the dead

Cremation was the usual burial rite in the earlier Roman period in Britain. It was common for suitable large household glass or pottery vessels to be re-used as cinerary urns (containers for the cremated remains). This pot, however, was made specifically for the purpose, and the face ornament clearly had a symbolic meaning.

Similar urns have been found in the Rhineland.

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Pottery face-urn

Urn with face decoration, 2nd century AD, from Colchester, Roman Britain

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Dimensions

Height: 30.000 cm

Museum number

P&EE 1870 4-2 526

BCB62254

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