Sculptured stone

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from Birrens, Dumfriesshire

Postcard of Sculptured stone.
© National Museums Scotland

Sculptured stone

This sculptured slab is part of a frieze found at the site of the Roman fort at Birrens in Dumfriesshire. It dates from between 120 and 180 AD.

The lower part of the slab survives. It shows Victory, whose wing is just visible, with one foot on a globe. The portrayal is symbolic, representing the domination of Rome. The goddess Victory was understandably popular amongst soldiers.

In the ranks of the Roman army there were specialist stonemasons. They did various work, mainly building and producing monumental sculpture.

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Online ID: 000-100-037-676-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FV 21
Date: Between 120 and 180 AD
Material: Stone; showing lower portion of a figure of Victory with one foot on a globe
Dimensions: 620 mm H x 100 mm L x 690 mm W
What: Slab / portion
Where: Scotland, Dumfriesshire, Middlebie, Birrens
Description: Portion of a slab showing the lower part of a figure of Victory with one foot on a globe, from Birrens
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