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Silver-gilt votive plaque with flat top, ornamented with leaf-pattern. Embossed in the centre is a shrine formed by two twisted columns with leaf-capitals surmounted by a pediment enclosing a wreath. In the shrine stands a frontal figure of Mars, head left; in his right hand he holds a spear, and rests his left on a shield. Below the shrine is a punched inscription in an ansate panel.
Height: 44.90 millimetres (height of figure)
Height: 183 millimetres
Weight: 17.64 grammes
Width: 104.30 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This temple hoard was found about 1743. The temple was probably dedicated to Mars, the Roman god of war, who is often mentioned and depicted on the objects in the hoard.
T.W. Potter, Roman Britain, 2nd edition (London, The British Museum Press, 1997), p. 76, fig. 68
Plaques dedicated to Mars
Five plaques show or name Mars. The largest has a dedicatory inscription to Mars Toutatis by Tiberius Claudius Primus, freedman of Attius. The gilded plaque, with an image of Mars before a temple, has an inscription to Mars Alator, by Censorinus, son of Gemellus. Toutatis and Alator were native gods. Combining Latin and Celtic god-names is a common feature of Romano-British religion.
PY 1817, 0308. 2-6
- On display (G49/dc20)
- Exhibition history
2016 11 Mar- 25 Sep, Edinburgh, National Museum of Scotland, Celts.
2015-2016 24 Sep-31 Jan, London, BM, G30, 'Celts: Art and Identity'
2006 31 Mar-29 Oct, York, Yorkshire Museum, Constantine
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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