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ID 183
Grid Ref NZ2164
Project type Excavation
County Northumberland
Site Benwell
Site Name Condercum
Site Type Military
Location Type Fort
Context Unknown
Context Quality 2
Object Period 0
Material Bronze
Secondary Material Eyes inlaid
Location Great North Museum, Newcastle
Ref No 1956.5.1.A
M/F Male
Age Youth
Form Figurine
Type Deity
Name Bacchus
Aliases Mercury, Victory, Pomona
Bearded No
Attributes Yes
Attribute description Ivy leaf
Clothed No
Drapery No
Condition Good, slight corrosion around chin.
Classical 1
Quality Classical 2 or 3
Photo Yes
Illustration No
Height 42.00
Length 0.00
Parallels Reinach 1894, 395, pl 22, 2; for hair Hutchinson 1986, Me-4 and Me-50
References Green 1978, 46, pl 2; Petch 1928, 72-3, pl XXII; Hutchinson 1986, 195, Me-5; Toynbee 1962, pl 240; 1964, 72; Lindgren 1980, 66, pl 31
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Description Green 1976 lists it twice, as Mercury and Victory, which indicates the general confusion over this piece and who it is. Hollow head. Detailed, with hair swept away from face. Right eye larger than the right. Central parting of the hair at the rear from which the hair radiates in wavy grooves, and in a bun at the nape of the neck. Neck quite thick. Quite a deep groove for the mouth. Head tilted slightly to the left. Ivy leaf and berry on top of forehead. Hutchinson calls this Bacchus.


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