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from Newstead, Roxburghshire

Postcard of Jug.
© National Museums Scotland


This is a detail of the handle of a bronze wine jug found during excavations at the site of the Roman fort at Newstead in Roxburghshire. The jug was imported from Italy and used between 80 and 100 AD.

At the join of the rim and handle is a projecting lotus-bud between two sharp-beaked birds' heads.

Roman officers imported luxury goods, such as wine jugs and strainers and fine tableware, for their own use.

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Online ID: 000-190-000-982-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FRA 1193
Date: Between 80 and 100 AD
Material: Bronze; large; handle ending in a bacchanal's head with ivy tendrils in the hair
What: Jug, wine
Who: Newstead Collection
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose, Newstead
Description: Large bronze wine jug with a handle ending in a bacchanal's head with ivy tendrils in the hair, from Newstead
  • Curle, J. A Roman frontier post and its people: the fort of Newstead. Glasgow: MacLehose, 1911, p 275, Pl. LV. 
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