‘Caius Perperna Geminus’, by Roman cinerarium
Following the decision to found the Lady Lever Art Gallery within the Port Sunlight village this Roman cinerarium was collected by Lever as part of a larger collection of antiquities objects, partly for their aesthetic value but mainly for teaching purposes.
Prior to setting up the Lady Lever Art Gallery Lever had placed full sized images of famous pieces of classical sculpture from around the world in his Port Sunlight schools. Used as teaching aids for his workers and their children these images were frowned upon for their nudity by the Cheshire County Council who later assumed control of the schools.
Free gallery talks Tuesday 9 and Thursday 25 August, 1pm, Room 13