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ID 1036
Images No image in database
Grid Ref TL9925
Project type Excavation
County Essex
Site Colchester
Site Name Balkerne Lane
Site Type Colonia
Location Type Settlement
Context Pit F17
Context Quality 3
Site Date C1-4
Context Date mid C2 +
Object Period 0
Material Bronze
Other finds from site Dog (1034) and turtle (1035), bird foot (1037), 2 model snakes
Location Colchester Castle Museum
Ref No COLEM 1986.67.2546
Form Figurine
Type Animal
Name Snake
Bearded No
Clothed No
Drapery No
Classical 1
Photo No
Illustration Yes
Height 0.00
Length 0.00
Parallels Verulamium (435)
References Crummy 1983, 143-4, fig. 173 no 4274 and 2006, 67 fig 30 no 4
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Description A copper-alloy snake's head similar to Green 1976, pl 29, d. The features of the head are emphasised by the incised lines. Snakes are connected with Mercury (ibid, 13) and Minerva (Toynbee 1964, 79). It may be no coincidence that a Mercury (Fig 188) and figurines of two of his associated animals (4273, 4274) derive from a site which contained two temples (Crummy 1980, 266-72) (Crummy).


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