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Silver hairpin with figure of Venus

 

Height: 2.500 cm (figure)

P&EE 1883 5-9 2

Room 49: Roman Britain

    Silver hairpin with figure of Venus

    Roman Britain, 1st or 2nd century AD

    Venus, a goddess often venerated by women, is shown here in this tiny silver casting. She stands on a small Corinthian capital in a classic pose, leaning on a pillar while fastening her sandal.

    T.W. Potter, Roman Britain, 2nd edition (London, The British Museum Press, 1997)

    C. Johns, The jewellery of Roman Britain (London, UCL Press, 1996)

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