which must have curved upwards at the apex of the handle, is broken away, and the silver-plating has been worn off by usage.

Neither of these vessels can be associated with the later occupation at Newstead. Both were found in pits which had been covered over by later works, and there seems little doubt that they were both deposited in the first century. They belong to a group of vessels which shows the art of the early Empire strongly influenced by Greek tradition and probably Greek workmanship. Like the patellae of the Capuan bronze founders, such jugs are met with scattered somewhat widely over Europe. The Pompeian examples, alluded to above, exhibit not only the same shape but precisely the same

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method of decorating the handle; the necks of the same long-beaked waterbirds issue from curving reed points to grasp the rim,[1] while the lower ends broaden out into a Medusa head, or perhaps a little group of figures. Not infrequently the whole of the handle is covered with ornament. Silver enrichment, too, is a common feature. The only complete specimen of these ewers hitherto found in Scotland appears to be one discovered in 1807 on the farm of Sadlerhead, in the parish of Lesmahagow, and now the property of the University of Glasgow.[2]

1 Museo Borbonico, xii. tav. 58, 1, 2, also 3, 4.

2 James Macdonald, Tituli Hunteriani, p. 95, plate xvii.