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Janus Cup (Roman Period, 2nd to 3rd Century A.D.) Egypt, possibly Faiyum Mold-made ceramic, terracotta Gift of the C.H. Sibal Family Trust 2002.1.1



Janus was the two-faced Roman god of gates and doors. He was thought to look into the future and the past simultaneously, and was therefore a god of beginnings, protecting the new year and other major transitions in life, such as marriages and births. This cup could have been used in ceremonies to make offerings to Janus and invoke his protection at some crucial point in life.

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