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Human skull with coins in eyes & mouth.
1st c BCE-3rd c CE Roman Roman Provincial Applied Arts

GALLO-ROMAN Anonymous (active 1st c BCE - 4th c CE)
c. 99 BCE-299 CE
1st c BCE-3rd c CE
Bone; Metal
Assembled
Roman Provincial
skull
France.
Lyon. Musee gallo-romain de Fourviere.
lyon0593
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.

Caption: GALLO-ROMAN Anonymous | Human skull with coins in eyes & mouth. | c. 99 BCE-299 CE | Roman | Roman Provincial | ©Kathleen Cohen

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