Monday, May 30, 2011

Erotic Roman knife handle takes pride of place at Lincoln museum

A RUDE Roman relic unearthed in a Lincolnshire field is set to take pride of place in a city museum.

The unusual bronze knife handle depicts two men and a woman entwined in an erotic embrace with one of the men clasping a decapitated head to his chest. It was unearthed in a farmer's field in Syston, near Grantham, by a metal detecting enthusiast in early 2008 and reported thro- ugh the Portable Antiquities Scheme, which allows members of the public to record archeological objects they have discovered.

Bought by The Collection in Lincoln for under £1,000, the saucy scene has already been displayed, but is now due to take centre stage as part of the museum's Roman section. Collections officer at The Collection, Antony Lee, believes it is the cheekiest relic ever to be unearthed in Lincolnshire.

He said: "This has to be one of the county's rudest finds.
"We have had some amazing finds in the past, but nothing quite this overt.
"The Romans certainly seemed to have no trouble expressing themselves.
"Other erotic knife handles have been found all over Britain, but ours is the only one with a decapitated head.
"It created quite a stir among staff and we're expecting it to continue to draw lots of interest from the public."

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