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Statuette of a mother-goddess

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Height: 14.500 cm

Gift of T. Rook

P&EE 1981 11-2 1

Room 49: Roman Britain

    Statuette of a mother-goddess

    Roman Britain, 2nd century AD
    from a Roman cemetery at Welwyn Grange, Hertfordshire

    This statuette was made in a mould from a fine white clay called pipeclay. It shows a mother-goddess sitting in a basketwork chair suckling a baby.

    In an age without sterile conditions, any substitute for mother's milk, other than that of a wet-nurse, was potentially harmful, if not lethal. Nursing was critical, and Roman medical authors recommended that the child should not be weaned before the age of eighteen months to two years.


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