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ID 1031
Images No image in database
Grid Ref TL9925
Project type Excavation
County Essex
Site Colchester
Site Name Lion Walk
Site Type Colonia
Location Type Settlement
Context Pit F262
Context Quality 3
Site Date C1-4
Context Date C2/3
Object Period 0
Material Bronze
Other finds from site Cockerel (1032) and eagle wing (1033)
Location Colchester Castle Museum
Ref No COLEM 1986.65.3028
Form Attachment
Type Bird
Name Duck
Aliases Chicken
Bearded No
Clothed No
Drapery No
Classical 1
Quality Stylised 2
Photo No
Illustration Yes
Height 12.00
Length 14.00
References Crummy 1983, 142, fig. 171 no 4268; possibly Green 1976, 216 no 8
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Description A small copper alloy bird. The underside of the figure is flat and has a short shaft for attachment to a surface of some kind. The figurine is perhaps intended to be a duck, as the beak is quite prominent and the flat bottom and squat body are reminiscent of enamelled duck brooches. However, in view of the discovery nearby of a cockerel (4269) there is a possibility that this is a chicken. No details of eyes or plumage is visible on the bird, but despite this the figure has a lively aspect (Crummy)


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