Roman pine cone and snake sculpture

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Roman pine cone and snake sculpture

This sculpture tells us a lot about Roman ideas of death. The snake is a transformative symbol because it sheds its skin but doesn't die, and the pine cone falls from an evergreen tree but contains seeds that create a new tree, continuing the cycle of death and rebirth.

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Found in Carlisle.

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