Offering Bowl Depicting Mercury

Photograph of a silver bowl with a large central medallion depicting a nude, seated Mercury with caduceus and wings on his head. An altar, a rooster, a ram, and a tortoise are also depicted.

Offering Bowl with a Medallion Depicting Mercury

Description:
Medium:
Silver and gold
Dimensions:
H. 3.3 cm; Diam. 20.1 cm (Diam. of foot 7 cm)
Context:
Berthouville, France
Date:
Roman, 100–200 CE
Inventory Number:
inv. 56.16
Lender:
Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris
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The Latin inscription, which is incised on the medallion in the center of the bowl along with the illustrations, reads:

L LVPVLA M C DO

Translation: L. Lupula donated (this) to M(ercury) C(anetonensis).