The Roman month Februarius is named after the festival Februa ("purifications" or "purgings"), which later became the Lupercalia. It was held every year to banish evil spirits and propagate health and fertility. The rites involved cutting the skins of sacrificial animals into long strips that were used to create crude whips. Priests would then run around the Palatine Hill with these, striking those they encountered to purify them and/or promote fertility. Our design is an artistic rendering of a 3rd c. AD mosaic from El Djem, Tunisia that depicts this ritual. Here, two acolytes present a figure wearing a rich red trimmed cloak to the priest who stands ready with his februum (whip) to carry out the purification.
Whether you're drinking your morning coffee, your evening tea, or something in between – this mug's for you! It's sturdy and glossy with a vivid print that'll withstand the microwave and dishwasher.
• Ceramic • Dishwasher and microwave safe • White and glossy