Erotic Roman knife handle

Photo: The Portable Antiquities Scheme CC By SA2.0
Object type: Knife
Period: Roman
Primary material: Copper alloy
Date found: 13/03/2023
Location: Whitchurch, Herefordshire


A Roman knife handle depicting a naked woman and half naked man in an erotic embrace. The PAS record suggests this may be a souvenir of a public performance or a humorous saturnalia gift. A Find of Note of Regional Importance.