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Pottery face-urn

British Museum

British Museum

Cremation was the usual burial rite in the earlier Roman period in Britain. It was common for suitable large household glass or pottery vessels to be re-used as cinerary urns (containers for the cremated remains). This pot, however, was made specifically for the purpose, and the face ornament clearly had a symbolic meaning. Similar urns have been found in the Rhineland.

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Details

  • Title: Pottery face-urn
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 300.00mm
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Registration number: 1870,0402.526
  • Place: Excavated/Findspot Colchester
  • Period/culture: Romano-British
  • Material: pottery
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Purchased from Pollexfen, J H

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