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ID 754
Grid Ref TL2340
Project type Metal detector
County Hertfordshire
Site Hinxworth
Site Type Rural
Location Type Settlement
Context Unknown
Context Quality 1
Object Date C1-2
Object Period 2
Material Bronze
Import Yes?
Location British Museum
Ref No BH-ED9F44
M/F Female
Age Mature
Form Figurine
Type Deity
Name Minerva-Fortuna
Bearded No
Standing/Seated Standing
Headgear Helmet
Attributes Yes
Attribute description Cornucopia, Medusa aegis, missing spear
Clothed Yes
Clothing description Peplos and aegis
Drapery No
Condition Face worn, layer of iron corrosion
Classical 1
Quality Classical 3
Photo Yes
Illustration Yes
Height 63.00
Length 0.00
References Worrell 2006, 444, fig 13; Burleigh and Jackson 2009, 63-7
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Description a standing female deity facing forward, her right arm bent upwards at the elbow in the action of throwing a now-missing spear, and a cornucopia held in the crook of her bent left arm. She wears a Greek-style helmet with a double keyhole-shpaed depression for a plume attachment; the helmet is pushed back above the eyes revealing a corona of hair beneath. At the back of her head, the hair is plaited into three tresses emerging from beneath the helmet and running down the nape of the neck to end between the shoulder blades. The facial features are very worn, but eyes, nose and a mouth are evident. The neck is bare. On the torso is a cuirass of scale armour with traces of a Medusa aegis on the breastplate. Beneath the cuirass she wears a long, pleated peplos, gathered into folds, and covering her to the ankles (Worrell). Small holes top and bottom. Finely modelled, detail on clothes. Tapers to feet but none visible.


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