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ID 642
Images No image in database
Grid Ref SY6399
Project type Excavation
County Dorset
Site Dorchester
Site Name Greyhound Yard
Site Type Civitas capital
Location Type Building 5433
Context Layer in courtyard
Context Quality 3
Site Date C1-4
Context Date Late C4
Object Period 0
Material Lead
Location Dorset County Museum
M/F Female
Age Mature
Form Figurine
Type Deity
Name Minerva
Bearded No
Standing/Seated Standing
Headgear Helmet
Attributes Yes
Attribute description Helmet, aegis, shield and spear
Clothed Yes
Drapery No
Condition Corroded
Classical 1
Quality Stylised
Photo Yes
Illustration Yes
Height 80.00
Length 0.00
Parallels Wallsend, Wroxeter, Bavai (Chew 1990/1991)
References Henig 1987a, 376-7, pl XXXVIIIc; Henig 1993, 131-2, fig 72
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Description Portable shrine (aedicula) - inside the shrine is a figure of Minerva, almost 2-dimensional though her face and the peak of her helmet are more fully rounded. She is on a stand which is luted into place through a hole in the base of the aedicula.. Minerva stands fully frontal, probably wearing her aegis though this part of the image is indistinct because of corrosion. In her right hand she supports a lozenge-shaped shield and in her left a spear with its point downwards (Henig, 376)


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