Roman curse tablet

Regular price £750.00

 

This is a roman curse, scratched into a thin sheet of lead it was found near the city of Carcassone in the south of France ( it was an important place during the roman epoch, all the south of France was in the roman Empire)  

Actual tablet is roughly 6x3.5cm

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It will be on display in the museum if you wish to come and view it.

if you can translate it please do let me know.

Information stolen from Wikipedia -

A curse tablet or binding spell (Latin: tabella defixionis, defixio; Greek: κατάδεσμοςkatadesmos) is a type of curse found throughout the Greco-Roman world, in which someone would ask the gods, place spirits, or the deceased to perform an action on a person or object, or otherwise compel the subject of the curse.

These texts were typically scratched on very thin sheets of lead in tiny letters, then often rolled, folded, or pierced with nails. These bound tablets were then usually placed beneath the ground: either buried in graves or tombs, thrown into wells or pools, sequestered in underground sanctuaries, or nailed to the walls of temples. Tablets were also used for love spells and, when used in this manner they were placed inside the home of the desired target.[1]They are sometimes discovered along with small dolls or figurines (sometimes inaccurately referred to as "Voodoo dolls"[2]), which may also be pierced by nails. The figurines resembled the target and often had both their feet and hands bound.[3] Curse tablets also included hair or pieces of clothing. This is especially the case in love spells, which calls for “hair from the head of the love target.” Some love spells have even been discovered “folded around some hair,” probably to bind the spell itself.[4] “Not all tablets included a personal name, but it is clear especially in the Roman period, that tablets were sometimes prepared in advance, with space left for inserting the names provided by paying customers."[5] The cursing rituals may also have incorporated physical binding gestures and spoken elements.[6]

All the remains I sell are over 100 years old for the law, ethically sourced and respect of the living friends and relatives, I would never sell any remains with a known name as this may upset the living and that is in my opinion disrespectful. If someone is disrespected with no link to a random skull then that is their opinion and in my mind not disrespectful.