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ID 68
Grid Ref TL9724
Project type Excavation
County Essex
Site Colchester
Site Name Lexden tumulus
Site Type Rural
Location Type Grave
Context Grave
Context Quality 3
Site Date c.15-10BC
Object Period -1
Material Bronze
Other finds from site Other figurines and attachments
Import Yes
Place of manufacture Italy?
Location Colchester Castle Museum
Ref No COLEM 2001.96
M/F Male
Age Child
Form Figurine
Type Deity
Name Cupid
Bearded No
Standing/Seated Seated
Attributes Yes
Attribute description Wings and bird
Clothed No
Drapery No
Condition Corroded. Missing right arm and left wing.
Classical 1
Quality High
Photo Yes
Illustration Yes
Height 49.00
Length 62.50
Parallels Faider-Feytmans 1957, no 115+117; Rolland 1965, no 215
References Pitts 1979, no 50, pl 2; Green 1976, 219; Toynbee 1964, 39; Laver 1926-7, 241-54; Foster 1986, 53, fig 20
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Description \'sitting cross-legged on what might originally have been a cloud. He is holding a bird under the left arm; the wings and tail are clearly shown and feathers indicated by incisions. From the shape it is probably a duck or goose. The right arm of the figurine is outstretched as though holding onto or rsting on top of something else' (Foster). No other pre-Roman Cupids in England. Right leg crossed over left at ankles. Holds bird resting on left thigh. Leans back. Much of detail missing due to corrosion. Head turned to right.


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