Amateur treasure hunters have discovered a treasure composed of roman figures, including a bust of a possible lover of a Roman emperor, a silver and gold brooch in the shape of a dolphin, an animal bone in the shape of a phallus and a figure representing a sexual act.
These artifacts are some of the nearly 25,000 Roman objects (mostly coins) that have been found in England and Wales in 2011, documented as part of the Portable Antiquities Plan (PAS) and recently published in Britannia magazine. Sally Worrel, advisor to the PAS of the Roman and Prehistoric Era and John Pearce, professor of Archeology from University of London, analyze a small sample of the artifacts found.
The gold and silver brooch was found in Essex County, northeast of London. Worrell believes that the brooch was possibly created on the European continent and brought to Britain in Roman times. It has a jewel with an oval shape but very small, so possibly worn by a child or woman as a symbol of high status, since with the materials with which it is made it could only belong to high society.
Another of the artifacts, this time found at near Market Rasen in Lincolnshire, is the copper bust representing the torso of a young man with a naked torso, who could be Antinus, the male lover of Emperor Hadrian. The hollow bust seems to be part of the decoration of a piece of furniture. Researchers are not sure if he was really Hadrian's lover, but his hairstyle resembles that of other known statues of the emperor.
The last objects are a clear example of the erotic face of Roman art. One of them is made of copper and was found in North Yorkshire and is a figure of a man and a woman having sex. The other artifact is the figure of a penis with two wings carved from the bone of some animal.
“It is not uncommon to find explicit sexual iconography in the Roman family conceptPearce stated in the interview, noting that Pompeii It has explicit murals of this type.
“One theory is that scenes showing sexual activity have apotropaic power, as they make people laugh and drive away the evil eye.”, He clarified.
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