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  • Description

    Ceramic tile antefix, with inscription LEG XX and the emblem of that legion, a boar.

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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 21 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

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        LEG XX
      • Inscription Translation

        The Twentieth Legion.
  • Curator's comments

    Tile antefix

    Roman Britain, 2nd-3rd century AD
    From Holt, Clwyd

    This object was one of a row of ornate terminals set along the eaves of a tiled roof. It was made in the tilery of the Roman army's 20th legion, whose emblem of a wild boar decorates the plaque.

  • Bibliography

    • R I B II, 4, no. 2458.4 (IV) bibliographic details
  • Exhibition history


    Late 2016 – Late 2021, Rome: City & Empire touring exhibition, venues TBC. PROMISED
    2015 30 May – 13 Sep, Newcastle, Tyne and Wear Archives and Museum, Empire: Roman Power and People PROMISED
    2015 24 Jan – 10 May, Dundee, McManus Galleries, Empire: Roman Power and People PROMISED
    2014 20 Sep – 2015 4 Jan, Leeds City Museum, Empire: Roman Power and People PROMISED
    2014 17 May – 31 Aug, Coventry, The Herbert, Empire: Roman Power and People
    2014 1 Feb – 27 Apr, Norwich Castle Museum, Empire: Roman Power and People
    2013 21 Sep – 2014 12 Jan, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Empire: Roman Power and People

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    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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