The ancient Romans used antefix to conceal the ends of the tiles that ran along the edge of roofs. They served both a functional and a decorative purpose, with the tiles protecting the wooden parts of the roof from the elements.
Antefix were often made with the images of Gods, Deities or military insignia as they were intended to advertise to the world outside that this house is protected and ward off evil.
We have made these replicas without the mounting lug to allow this antefix to attach to a roof, and we have added a hole to allow this antefix to be wall-mounted. We have done this to make the antefix easier to display in a modern context. Should you wish to have a replica with this fixing lug attached, please get in touch for a quote.
Researchers have identified this antefix as showing Cupid, riding dolphins...Ummm! Yeah! I must admit to finding it hard to see this strange little creature as the God of passion and physical desire. But whoever he might be, I rather like his unusual little visage.
Palm fronds are shown on either side of the figure and a scroll below him,
The original Antefix is now part of the collection at Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales.
Approx. 210 mm tall, 210 mm long, 35 mm depth
This replica has been hand made in Northumberland by Potted History, based on an original artefact. We have fired this item to a temperature of between 800 & 1000 Centigrade to emulate the same techniques that the original potters would have employed nearly two thousand years ago. This process often results in variations of the surface colour and texture, as is common with the original Greek Pottery and giving each piece a unique character.
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