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ID 1015
Images No image in database
Grid Ref SD6434
Project type Excavation
County Lancashire
Site Ribchester
Site Type Military
Location Type Fort
Context Quarry layer 3
Context Quality 3
Site Date Late C1-2
Context Date C3
Object Period 0
Material Bronze
Secondary Material White metal
Location Ribchester Museum
Ref No RB89 Sf6150
M/F Male
Age Mature
Form Figurine
Type Deity
Name Mercury
Aliases Fortuna
Bearded No
Standing/Seated Standing
Attributes Yes
Attribute description Purse, possible winged sandals
Clothed No
Drapery Yes
Condition Poor, feet missing, left arm missing, right hand damaged, head corroded
Classical 1
Quality Stylised
Photo No
Illustration Yes
Height 63.00
Length 0.00
Parallels Colchester (1041), York (312)
References Howard-Davis 2000, 246, fig. 56 no. 36 and Catalogue 1: copper alloy, 5
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Description It appears, however, to represent a draped figure, probably wearing a knee-length garment and cloak. The legs appear to be bare and, whilst the feet are missing, slight protruberances on the calves, above the ankle might be interpreted as the top of winged boots. The arms are spread but one is missing beyond the elbow, where it emerges from the cloak, the other is complete, although the hand is damaged. The figure appears to be carrying a bag or pouch and one or two traces suggest that the cloak was edged with a strip of white metal. The head is badly eroded, the features feduced to almost nothing and most of the hair or headgear is missing, but what remains suggests that it too was coated, or inlaid, with a band of white metal (Howard-Davis).


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