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a shallow saucer- or dish-like feature on the surface of a planet

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  • The date of the patera can not be determined; it is perhaps as old as the reign of Augustus.

  • In the accompanying example it is displayed on a Christian patera.

    The Catacombs of Rome William Henry Withrow
  • A cedar churn is more delicately perfumed than any patera of the gods.

    Hoosier Mosaics Maurice Thompson
  • I believe, a goldsmith; he is striking a small flat bowl or patera, on a pointed anvil, with a light hammer.

  • Artistically this patera is much upon a par with those from Dali and Athinau, which have been already described.

    History of Phoenicia George Rawlinson
  • The frieze is divided by triglyphs, having eight metopes, each charged with a patera of a different pattern.

  • In the centre is a tripod, into which a priest, his head covered, is pouring the contents of a patera.

    Museum of Antiquity L. W. Yaggy
  • The central medallion (emblema) was made separately and attached to the bottom of the patera.

  • Fig. 6: Phoenician patera, from Idalium, showing a religious ritual dance before a goddess in a temple round a sun emblem.

  • Of sacrificial vases the principal was the patera or libation-bowl, corresponding to the Greek φιάλη.

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