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Replica of the Rudge Cup


Diameter: 9.000 cm

The original is in the possession of His Grace the Duke of Northumberland

P&EE 1864 10-7 1

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    Replica of the Rudge Cup

    Roman Britain, 2nd century AD
    Rudge Coppice, Wiltshire

    A souvenir of Hadrian's Wall

    This is an electrotype copy of a small bronze bowl found in 1725 in a well on the site of a Roman villa. The bowl was probably made as a souvenir. It shows a schematized drawing of Hadrian's Wall originally picked out in coloured enamels.

    The Wall, built by Emperor Hadrian (reigned AD 117-138), was a continuous defensive barrier that guarded the north-western frontier of the province from barbarian invaders. It extended from coast to coast, running for 118 kilometres (73 miles) from Segedunum (Wallsend) on the River Tyne in the east, to Bowness on the Solway Firth in the west.

    Above the drawing are the names of five forts at the western end of the Wall: MAIS (Bowness-on-Solway), ABALLAVA (Burgh-by-Sands), VXELODUM (Stanwix), CAMBOGLANS (Castlesteads), BANNA (Birdoswald).


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