‘The Earith Jupiter’ arrives in Cambridge

Anna Judson:

The Arch & Anth Museum has a new Roman inhabitant!

Originally posted on University of Cambridge Museums:

Image credit Dave Webb, Cambridge Archaeological Unit

Image credit Dave Webb, Cambridge Archaeological Unit

A Roman sculpture of the God Jupiter, dating from between the 2nd and 4th Century AD, has been donated to the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology by Hanson Aggregates. It was found by Cambridge Archaeological Unit whilst excavating Hanson’s Earith Quarry near Colne Fen in the Cambridgeshire District of Huntingdonshire between 1997 and 2007.

The sculpture is made from Upwell limestone from Norfolk, and originally formed part of a larger monument topped with a freestanding feline (lion, sphinx or griffin) – paws can be seen at the top of the cornice. The drilled eyes of the face would have once been filled with coloured paste to make the sculpture more lifelike.

Cambridge Archaeological Unit searched the area but did not find any other fragments of the original larger sculpture, suggesting that this section was taken to the area as a fragment…

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2 Responses to ‘The Earith Jupiter’ arrives in Cambridge

  1. Daniel Unruh says:

    I just realized I’ve been misreading the name for weeks now–I keep seeing it as “The Earth Jupiter”, and interpreting it as analogous to Zeus Chthonios.

    • Anna Judson says:

      Yeah I did the same when I first read this…sadly not.
      Also it’s a shame the lion/sphinx/griffin hasn’t survived – that would have been an even nicer addition to the museum!

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