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ID 1069
Images No image in database
Grid Ref TM2335
Project type Metal detector
County Suffolk
Site Shotley
Site Type Unknown
Location Type Unknown
Context Unknown
Context Quality 1
Object Period 0
Material Bronze
Location Returned to finder
Ref No SF-888AF5
Form Figurine
Type Bird
Name Owl
Aliases Eagle
Bearded No
Clothed No
Drapery No
Condition Poor - corroded and worn
Classical 1
Photo Yes
Illustration Yes
Height 18.80
Length 22.08
References PAS database.
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Description An extremely worn copper-alloy Roman figurine of a three dimensional bird standing with its wings tucked in on a flat rectangular integral base. It is incomplete due to wear and large areas of powdery green active corrosion can be seen where the original surface is completely destroyed. The base measures 22.8mm in length and 16.88mm in width, it is 5.7mm in thickness, it has U-shaped notches in the centre of each edge and circular rivet holes through each corner, there is also a circular indentation in the centre of the underside of the base. The bird is standing in the centre of the base, it measures 18.8mm in height, from its feet to the top of its head, and 22.08mm in surviving length from beak to tail, the body is 8.3mm in thickness and 11.3mm in width. It has large feet with three claws on each foot. The body is fairly small and tapers towards the tail, which is now missing due to wear and active corrosion. The patches of original surface surviving on the body are brown in patina and have tiny incised lines, depicting the contours of the body and perhaps feathers. The neck is short and one eye remains represented by a ring and dot motif. The beak is completely missing again due to wear and corrosion. This bird could be an owl or an eagle and as there are rivet holes in the base was presumably attached to something, perhaps it was part of a group of religious figurines on a larger stand or was attached to another object, such as box (PAS).
PAS id SF-888AF5


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