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Various Roman Artefacts

Item 0261: Cult Plaque
Date Prob. 4th century
Size 85 mm x 70 mm
Weight 57 grams
Material Lead
Description Damaged lead plaque attributed to the "Danube Riders" cult, based in the roman provinces along the Danube. At least 40 of these plaques are known and vary somewhat in design, though the basic figures of sun and moon, the riders and the central female are usually always represented. The riders carry an axe/club/torch and a spear, and both trample on naked bodies. The reverse of this example shows a lion advancing on a female. Of an unusual shape, only one of the six terminals surviving.
Often described as votive, but no examples have been found at known temple sites.
N.929e
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