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Relief of the sun god Sol

3rd century AD

English Heritage

English Heritage
United Kingdom

Sol, the god of the sun, was worshipped all over the Empire, and he can be seen on coins as well as sculpture. This particular relief is unusual in its style: Sol is shown with large lips, a square nose and wide eyes, not at all normal for a Classical deity. The sculptor of this piece has mixed Celtic styles with a Classical subject.
This relief was re-used as a floor slab in the east granary in Corbridge in 1908.

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