Tombstone of a soldier's daughter


British Museum

British Museum

The name of the woman is missing from this broken tombstone. However, the remaining part of the inscription in the lower right corner tells us that she was the daughter of a military standard-bearer (imaginifer) called Crescens. The scene shows a funeral banquet, a common motif on the tombstones of Romano-British women. The dead woman reclines on a couch holding a fancy two-handled cup or goblet. A servant passes her food from a decorative three-legged table. 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.

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  • Title: Tombstone of a soldier's daughter
  • Date Created: 100/399
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 674.00mm; Width: 762.00mm
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Subject: death; feast/banquet
  • Registration number: 1970,0102.7
  • Place: Excavated/Findspot Kirkby Thore Railway Station
  • Period/culture: Romano-British
  • Material: stone
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Purchased through Sotheby's. Purchased from Lonsdale
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