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A roman bronze military cup or small bowl. These were part of a soldiers kit and would have travelled with them on campaign. The cup was attached to belt or bag by a ring-loop (missing). Part of the lug where the bronze ring fitted remains. Probably 3rd or 4th century AD. A rare item.

Backpacks as we know them were not used by Roman soldiers. On Trajan's Column in Rome, soldiers are depicted (from around AD 100) carrying supplies and either waterskins, or packs, on poles slung over their shoulder. We know they called these poles 'furca' probably after the torture frame of the same name. Items like a Roman saucepan [patera] and a cooking pot [situla] would have hung from the pole.

Condition: Very good. Nice patina. Dent as shown.

Dimensions: 72mm x 27mm

Provenance: Ex. private collection, UK.