Human skull with coins in eyes & mouth.
1st c BCE-3rd c CE Roman Roman Provincial Applied Arts
(active 1st c BCE - 4th c CE)
c. 99 BCE-299 CE
1st c BCE-3rd c CE
Lyon. Musee gallo-romain de Fourviere.
The funerary ritual of placing coins on the eyes and mouth of the deceased is sometimes known as 'Charon's obol' i.e. payment to the ferryman Charon who transports the dead over the rivers Styx and Acheron.