Silver Patera (Saucepan-Shaped Vessel)

Late Roman

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301

Though their function remains elusive, vessels of this shape are among the most characteristic of the late Roman world. This patera was found with a silver dish (47.100.28) and several Roman coins on the site of an ancient Roman temple, suggesting it may have been used for ceremonial purposes. The name inscribed on the handle may refer to the maker or commissioner of the piece.

Silver Patera (Saucepan-Shaped Vessel), Silver, Late Roman

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