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  • Description

    Fragment of a tombstone of a soldier's daughter. The name of the deceased is missing. The remaining part of the inscription indicates she was the daughter of a military standard-bearer named Crescens. The scene shows a funeral banquet. The dead woman reclines on a couch holding a goblet while a servant passes her food from a three-legged table. Framing the scene are motifs symbolising death and the Afterlife: the gaping head, a pine-cone, and a rosette.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 2ndC-4thC
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  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 674 millimetres
    • Width: 762 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Content

        FILIA... / CRES... / IMAG / ..NIR RI
      • Inscription Translation

        ...daughter of Crescens, imaginifer.
  • Curator's comments

    The scene shows a funeral banquet, a common motif on the tombstones of Romano-British women. Framing the scene are a number of motifs symbolising death and the Afterlife: the gaping head on the right probably represented all-devouring death; the pine-cone, above, was a symbol of immortality, and the rosette, next to it, was a symbol of fertility in the Afterlife.


  • Bibliography

    • R I B no.769 bibliographic details
    • Hobbs & Jackson 2010 p. 73, fig. 57 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G49/wall

  • Subjects

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  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Sotheby's sale 1st December 1969, kept at Lowther Castle until sold. Found in 1860 while diverting the turnpike road

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number


COMPASS Title: Tombstone of a soldier's daughter


COMPASS Title: Tombstone of a soldier's daughter

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