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ID 700
Grid Ref ST7899
Project type Excavation
County Gloucestershire
Site Uley
Site Name West Hill
Site Type Religious
Location Type Temple Bank Structure XIX
Context Platform layer 478
Context Quality 3
Site Date IA-C7
Context Date C5
Object Period 0
Material Bronze
Other finds from site Other figurines
Location British Museum
Ref No 1978,0102.21
M/F Male
Age Youth
Form Figurine
Type Deity
Name Mercury
Bearded No
Standing/Seated Standing
Headgear Petasos
Attributes Yes
Attribute description Petasos, boots, purse, missing caduceus
Clothed No
Drapery Yes
Drapery description Paenula over left shoulder and arm
Condition Good, slightly worn.
Classical 1
Quality Classical 3
Photo Yes
Illustration Yes
Height 120.00
Length 0.00
Parallels Kaufmann-Heinimann 1977, 32-3, no 32-3, 24; Lindgren 1980, pl 3 (London) + 18 (St Donats)
References Henig 1993, 99, fig 85 no 5 and 86
[Link to Bibliography]
Description The modelling of the figure is more distinctively provincial, being ornamented with markedly linear detail (e.g. on paenula, also pubic har)(Henig). Very different style to the other Uley Mercurys. Rather formal, awkward pose. Straight body and legs with broad shoulders and chest. Very little modelling of musculature on torso. Slit dimple for belly button, small penis, large testicles, broad area of incised curly pubic hair. Arms held awkwardly to front, bent at elbow, left slightly across the body, right hand holds purse, roughly incised fingers. Left hand simply a socket to hold missing caduceus. Narrow drapery over left shoulder, tightly around forearm. Doesn't extend beyond the arm, roughly moulded over shoulder and back, deeper drapery moulding over arm with diagonal incisions along the top edge. Face worn, no mouth, nose worn at base is wedge-shaped. Roughly incised hair. Flat petasos with crimped edge. Wings on top, pointed to the rear, decorated with incisions lengthwise and shorter, diagonal cuts. Back quite plain, flat back, groove for buttocks. Head tilted slightly to the right.


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