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Tours > Roman Britain at the BM > Ritual Crown

Ritual Crown
Hockwold-cum-Wilton, Norfolk

A surprising amount of evidence survives from Roman Britain for the mode of dress adopted by pagan priests, particularly their headgear. A number of crowns or diadems have been excavated including this notable example, found with five other diadems, at a temple site in Hockwold-cum-Wilton. It is made of bronze and decorated with repousse medallions depicting bearded faces of a Celtic type. The god worshipped may have only been of local significance, but the crown's pointed finial is reminiscent of the spiked head-dress worn by flamines, a priestly college of high status in Rome itself. The crown stands 6" high, and the headband is adjustable.

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