Gallo-Roman Figural Votive Plaque c. 3rd Century AD
Lead; 85mm X 75mm / 113gm.
Con/ VF with sandy lead patina. Slightly plow bent but firmly intact.
The 1st Tier: features a writhing snake right flanked by two facing heads
The 2nd Tier: A pair of mounted horsemen (Castor and Pollux) each proceeding inward and flanking the standing facing figure of Epona, arms raised to either side. Beneath the left horseman, a fish. Beneath the right horseman, a reclining lion, both facing center.
3rd Tier: left to right; tripod, eagle-topped standard, uncertain symbols, man striding left. Next, three pellets above an amphora, and a cock bird standing left on a pile of rocks.
This is such an extraordinary artifact, that the more I look at it in sunlight the more details I see. The only way to see all the details is to strip off 1,800 years of patina which would be simple desecration.
Seller's Note/ Very Rare in this unbroken condition and seldomly presented.