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ID 1000
Grid Ref TL9925
Project type Excavation
County Essex
Site Colchester
Site Name Culver Street
Site Type Colonia
Location Type Site B
Context Dump levels
Context Quality 3
Site Date C1-4
Context Date C2-3
Object Period 0
Material Bronze
Other finds from site jet eagle head, pipeclay Minerva and other goddess, pipeclay aedicula, pedestal base 1001
Location Colchester Castle Museum
Ref No COLEM 1991.1.992
Form Figurine
Type Animal
Name Lion
Bearded No
Standing/Seated Reclining
Clothed No
Drapery No
Condition Good, slight corrosion and wear
Classical 1
Quality Classical 3
Photo Yes
Illustration Yes
Height 31.00
Length 45.00
Parallels Hanbury (685)
References Crummy 1992a, 192-3, fig. 5.61 no 1702
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Description The animal is lying in a formal pose with head raised and tail curled over the left near quarter. The mane is corroded but was obviously luxuriant. . . The underside is hollow and possibly provided a means of attachment (eg soldering), perhaps to a piece of furniture or a large metal vessel. This lion is remarkably similar in size and pose to that from Hanbury, Worcestershire (Symons 1985) and the two almost certainly share a common function, possibly even deriving from the same workshop, though they are not from the same mould. To give but two examples of differences, the ribs on the Hanbury lion curve in the opposite direction to those on the Colchester animal, and the top of each of its forelegs is delineated by a fringe of short incised grooves (Crummy).


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