Roman balsamarium


Coming soon to the Canterbury Roman Museum. This rare bronze container for oil or perfume was found near Petham in 2012 by a metal detectorist. It is decorated with a dancing satyr - half goat, half man - and three male figures. They are dancing in a wood, playing pipes and carrying an amphora of wine.

The only example of its kind found in Britain, this balsamarium was the star small find from Roman Britain of the Portable Antiquities Scheme in 2012. The owners of the land where it was discovered have loaned the balsamarium to the museum. It is probably of Gallo-Roman origin, dating from the third century AD.


Roman balsamarium on display at Canterbury Roman Museum

Roman balsamarium.

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Opening Times 

Monday to Sunday 10am to 5pm. Christmas eve and New Years eve closing at 4pm. Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.


How to find us

Canterbury Roman Museum
Butchery Lane, CT1 2JR

The impressive pillared entrance is in Butchery Lane and very close to the cathedral. Access to the Roman level via lift, then level access throughout museum.

Phone: 01227 785575