Offering Bowl Depicting Mercury and Maia or Rosmerta

Photograph of a silver offering bowl with a large, central medallion in silver and gold depicting two busts: one male and one female. A caduceus appears below the busts.

Offering Bowl with Busts of Mercury and Maia or Rosmerta

Description:
Medium:
Silver and gold
Dimensions:
H. 5.4 cm; Diam. 22.2 cm
Context:
Berthouville, France
Date:
Roman, 150–225 CE
Inventory Number:
inv. 56.17
Lender:
Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris
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The Latin inscription, which is incised around the outside of the central medallion, reads:

MERCVRIO AVG P AELIVS P AELI NVMITORIS LIBERTVS EVTYCHVS VSLM

Translation: To Augustan Mercury, Publius Aelius Eutychus, the freedman of Publius Aelius Numitor, fulfilled his vow willingly as merited.