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ID 31
Grid Ref TF3133
Project type Chance
County Lincolnshire
Site Lincoln
Site Name Foss Dyke
Site Type Unknown
Location Type Unknown
Context Unknown
Context Quality 1
Object Date C2-3
Object Period 3
Material Bronze
Import Maybe
Place of manufacture Britain?
Location British Museum
Ref No OA.248
M/F Male
Age Youth
Form Figurine
Type Deity
Name Mars
Bearded No
Standing/Seated Standing
Headgear Helmet
Attributes Missing
Attribute description Spear and sword?
Clothed No
Drapery No
Condition Good
Classical 1
Quality Classical 3
Photo Yes
Illustration No
Height 250.00
Length 0.00
References Pitts 1979, no 17, pl 7; Toynbee 1964, 66, 1962, no 16; British Museum 1964, 54; Green 1976, 203, pl II f; RIB 274; Lindgren 1980, 107, pl 77; Anon 1803, 273-4
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Description Also very probably the work of a continental, probably Gaulish, sculptor, but much more obviously provincial in its top-heavy proportions, sharply twisted torso, and singularly unidealised cast of countenance, is the hollow-cast statuette from the Foss Dyke, Lincolnshire. . Here Mars wears a helmet with an enormous, flaunting crest upon his flowing, curly hair. The base carries an inscription to the effect that the figure was dedicated to Mars and the emperor's divine power by the Colasuni, Bruccius, and Caratius, and made by the aerius Celatus. The dedicators have what would seem to be Celtic names, while the craftsman's name is Roman; and the piece may have been cast in Britain for British patrons by a visiting artist (Toynbee p66).


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