Offering Bowl Depicting Mercury

Photograph of a silver offering bowl with a large, central medallion depicting Mercury, nude with caduceus, standing before a tall pedastal or altar. A tree, a chicken, and a goat are also shown.

Offering Bowl with a Medallion Depicting Mercury in a Rural Shrine

Description:
Medium:
Silver and gold
Dimensions:
H. 4.5 cm; Diam. (bowl) 21 cm (Diam. of foot 6 cm)
Context:
Berthouville, France
Date:
Roman, 175–225 CE
Inventory Number:
inv. 56.18
Lender:
Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris
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The Latin inscription, which was inset with gold letters in a bordered band around the central medallion, reads:

DEO MERC IVL SIBYLLA DSDD

Translation: To the god Mercury, Julia Sybilla gave this as a gift from her own resources.