Silver votive plaque


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 168

Similar votives, made of thin sheets of silver, cut and impressed to look like leaves or feathers, are known from many different provinces of the Roman Empire. They were pinned up in temples or shrines as votives to a variety of deities, who are usually named in a dedication. This example, however, is uninscribed, but the seated god can be identified as Pluto, God of the Underworld, because he is accompanied by the three-headed guard dog Cerberus.

Silver votive plaque, Silver, Roman

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