Roman reading slave

Scan of a small roman statue of a "reading slave".


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Scan was made with the help of Protospace Utrecht and Ultimaker for the project "Digitale kunstroof". The statue is in the Central Museum of Utrecht.

More information about the project (in Dutch) can be found here:
Found in Vechten, the Netherlands. The head of the slave contains a lose small stone or a piece of clay, so it could have been used as a rattle. The gaelic cloak (cuculus) could also point at the Genius cuculatus, a companion of Aesculapis, so it could also have had healing properties.


Gevonden in Vechten. Het hoofd van het slaafje bevat een los steentje of stukje klei, zodat het beeldje als rammelaar dienst kan hebben gedaan (onheilafwerend). De gallische mantel (cuculus) kan echter ook duiden op de Genius cuculatus, een metgezel van Aesculapis, zodat het ook een geneeskrachtige functie kan hebben gehad.



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