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ID 371
Grid Ref SU0061
Project type Chance
County Wiltshire
Site Devizes
Site Name Southbroom
Site Type Unknown
Location Type Hoard
Context Unknown
Context Quality 0
Object Date C3?
Object Period 3
Material Bronze
Other finds from site See 334
Import No
Place of manufacture Local
Location British Museum
Ref No 1811,0309.2
M/F Male
Age Mature
Form Figurine
Type Deity
Name Mars
Bearded Yes
Standing/Seated Standing
Headgear Helmet
Attributes Yes
Attribute description 2 ram-headed snakes
Clothed Yes
Clothing description Kilt and tunic
Drapery No
Condition Missing right foot
Classical 1
Quality Stylised 3
Photo Yes
Illustration Yes
Height 107.00
Length 0.00
References Green 1976, 191; Boon 1973a, no 4
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Description Stands with arms out to sides and front. Snakes curl around each forearm then down across the front of the legs and around the calves and ankles. The body of the right snake is broken between the forearm and leg. The snake heads extend below the hands and have raised eyes on top of their heads. Fingers are depicted as grooves. Small foot. Slender body with short pleated tunic. Straight nose, almond eyes, slightly slit mouth. Beard a raised moulding decorated with notches. Hair coarsely incised, moulded fringe around face. There is a moulded strip along the top of the head and down to the nape of the neck which could represent a helmet. On top of the head is a pedestal with bird (raven?) on top, the head of the bird is missing.


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