This is an ancient Roman or Greek Bronze Patera libation bowl dating from 3rd century BC to 1st century AD. This is a plain example with a simple "omphalos," a centre indentation in the bottom that provides a finger-hold and creates a knob on the inner surface. These shallow vessels were used primarily for making libations and pouring offerings over an altar to the Gods. This example has a crack (seen in photos) and a beautiful apple-green patina.
OBJECT: Patera vessel
CULTURE: Roman or Greek
DATE: c. 3rd century BC - 1st century AD
SIZE: 6cm high, 18cm diam. of bowl
WEIGHT: 197.1 grams
PROVENANCE: Formerly in a private collection, Bath.
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