Roman Bronze Ram Headed Patera Handle


An ancient Roman patera handle, the finial of which is decorated with a ram’s head. The ram’s head features distinctive spiral horns and ears, eyes, and mouth.

Date: Circa 1st - 3rd Century AD
Condition: Fine condition with a dark patinaton. Signs of ageing and use visible on the surface.

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Product Code: AS-3252
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A patera was a broad and shallow dish or bowl, mostly produced in bronze, and often used as a sacred libation vessel. The ram’s head finial could allude to the ritual function of the object, as the ram was a favoured sacrificial victim at Roman festivals. As well as the religious, the patera was also used in the domestic sphere.


Weight 16 g
Dimensions L 5 cm



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