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ID 1003
Grid Ref TL9925
Project type Excavation
County Essex
Site Colchester
Site Name Gilberd School, North Hill
Site Type Colonia
Location Type Insula 17a
Context topsoil
Context Quality 2
Site Date C1-4
Context Date post-Roman
Object Period 0
Material Bronze
Other finds from site Pipeclay ?Dea Nutrix
Location Colchester Castle Museum
Ref No COLEM 1988.44.157
Form Figurine
Type Bird
Name Cockerel
Bearded No
Standing/Seated Standing
Is an attribute of Mercury
Clothed No
Drapery No
Condition Good, slightly worn.
Classical 1
Quality Stylised 1
Photo Yes
Illustration Yes
Height 33.00
Length 0.00
Parallels Chelmsford (386), Great Canfield (638)
References Crummy 1992b, 240, fig. 6.41 no 383
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Description \'crude workmanship, the features having been cut into cold metal. The two sides of the bird's head and comb differ markedly in design. The eyes are simple punched holes. The cuts on the short wings to indicate feathers are also different on each side. The bird is standing with head and tail raised well above the body as if the bird were crowing. The legs of the figurine, with the toes crudely suggested, stand on a rectangular base, the underside of which is not flat. Even were it so, the bird would be unable to stand as its weight is unevenly distributed, with the centre of gravity forward of the legs. The plinth was probably therefore fixed to a plinth' (Crummy).


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