Roman bronze pan or patera

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Found at Dowalton Loch, Wigtownshire

Postcard of Roman bronze pan or patera.
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Roman bronze pan or patera

This Roman bronze pan, also known as a patera, was found near a native crannog, an artificial island, in Dowalton Loch in Wigtownshire. It was made in Italy and used for heating and serving wine between 80 and 100 AD.

The pan has the maker's name stamped on the handle. There is also a decorative ring handle which is held on by a mount with the face of Medusa. The interior is tinned, and engraved with a series of circles, presumably for measuring purposes.

Although the Roman occupation in Scotland was strictly military, it did result in a number of fine objects being imported. These spread by various means to the population around the camps, and from there were sometimes widely traded or given as gifts.

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Online ID: 000-190-001-206-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.HU 1
Date: Between 80 and 100 AD
Material: Bronze, tinned inside; human face in relief; moveable ring; inscribed handle
What: Patera
Where: Scotland, Wigtownshire, Dowalton Loch (Crannog)
Description: Bronze patera, tinned inside, with an inscribed handle and human face in relief, from Dowalton Loch Crannog
  • Clarke, D.V., Breeze, D.J., and Mackay, G. The Romans in Scotland. An introduction to the collections of the National Museums of Antiquities of Scotland. Edinburgh: National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland, 1980, pp 44-5. 
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