Ancient Romano-British Bronze Head of a Bull
Ancient Romano-British Bronze Head of a Bull
Ancient Romano-British Bronze Head of a Bull
Ancient Romano-British Bronze Head of a Bull
Ancient Romano-British Bronze Head of a Bull
Ancient Romano-British Bronze Head of a Bull
Ancient Romano-British Bronze Head of a Bull
Ancient Romano-British Bronze Head of a Bull
Ancient Romano-British Bronze Head of a Bull

Ancient Romano-British Bronze Head of a Bull

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An Ancient Romano-British Bronze Head of a Bull forming the handle of a ‘Patella’
Smooth worn greenish patina
2nd - 3rd Century AD

Size: 9.5cm high - 3¾ high / 15.5cm high - 6¼ ins high (with base)
Provenance:
Ex collection Crellin Family
Found in 19th Century in the Grounds of Denton Foot Cottage Gilsland, Northumberland
Thence by descent

cf: Authenticated by Chesterholm Museum, Vindolanda, exhibited at Tullie House Museum, Carlisle 2008-2012
A ‘Patella’ is a bronze, deep frying pan used for cooking that could also be taken and displayed on the table. It uses and Latin name are mentioned by Apicius whose recipes have come down to us through the centuries. When the Roman legions invaded Britain in 43 AD they heralded many changes and by bringing us into the Roman Empire they gave us unprecedented access to a new world of sophisticated tastes, different foods and ways of cooking. They were responsible for bringing many fruit and nut bearing trees such as walnuts, figs, vines and mulberries. They introduced game such as pheasants, guinea fowl and fallow deer. A vast range of herbs and plants were brought to grow here and have renamed in cultivation ever since: garlic, leeks, onions, lettuce, radishes, cabbage, fennel, mint, rosemary and sage. They imported the commodities they thought essential to their diet such as olives and olive oil, dates, almonds, ginger, pepper, cinnamon and of course, wine. Interestingly, as this bulls head comes from the north of Britain, most of the cattle on the military sites in that area were of the shorthorn type, and it is known that beef was supplied as the meat ration for the Roman garrisons.
Medium
Bronze
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