So you’ll understand my joy when today I saw this at the National Archaeology Museum in Lisbon:
The tallest of them is no bigger than 8 inches, around 20 centimetres, and were found in ruins of the Roman city of Conimbriga, near modern-day Coimbra (Portugal). They’ve been dated from the second century and remind me of my own small home altars. Not that seeing something different at the museum would have drastically changed my portable set, as they were a practical solution to the problem posed by me moving in to a house in Lisbon where I have no way to make an actual ritual fire; at least not without leaving my room full of smoke. But, for a reconstructionist, and I still see myself as one even if some feel I’m too “open” or “modern”, there’s the inevitable smile when you do something believing it to be an innovation and – surprise surprise! – later find out that others have done similar things in the past.