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ID 872
Images No image in database
Grid Ref SN6904
Project type Metal detector
County Swansea
Site Swansea
Site Name Mawr
Site Type Unknown
Location Type Unknown
Context Unknown
Context Quality 1
Object Date C1 BC/AD
Object Period 1
Material Bronze
Secondary Material Enamelled
Location with finder
Ref No NMGW-5BF232
Form Figurine
Type Animal
Name Horse
Bearded No
Standing/Seated Standing
Clothed No
Drapery No
Condition missing head, legs and tail
Classical 0
Quality Stylised 2
Photo Yes
Illustration No
Height 34.70
Length 43.60
Parallels Abercarn (179)
References Lodwick 2006, 190-1, fig. 1; PAS database
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Description Late Iron Age copper alloy horse figurine, of La Thne style and probably dating to the 1st century BC to the 1st century AD The figurine depicts a horse and is incomplete, missing the head, legs and tail. The horse figurine has a surviving length of 43.61mm and a surviving height of 34.71mm, weighing 23.7g. The piece is finely cast and is decorated with a rectangular enamelled strip (27.2mm long, 2.26mm wide and 0.7mm deep) running from the base of the neck along the back of the horse and filled with red enamel. The body is long and slender and the neck is stylised and is longer than would be expected, elegantly curving to the missing head. The mane is represented by a moulded rib running up the rear of the neck. The breast of the animal is decorated with a small raised triangular pellet (3.8mm wide and long) containing a central circular indentation (1.0mm diameter), possibly also intended to hold enamel. The figurine has generally good surface preservation with a rich, dark green patina. It is now difficult to ascertain what artefact type, if any, the figure was from and there is no surviving means of attachment on the incomplete artefact. The figure may have been free-standing, or possibly attached to a vessel or casket lid. Representations of pigs or boars were popular in .Celtic. traditions and free-standing figure are represented in the archaeological record (see Jope, 2000, p 264-5, Nos. 160-62) , and include a small figure found at Rhossili, Swansea (Jope, 2000, p. 265, No. 162). Free-standing figures of stags, dogs, oxen and birds (often ducks) are also occasionally represented. Free-standing horse figurines are uncommon, a Late Iron Age horse, interpreted as a figurine was found at Abercarn, Caerphilly (Savory, 1954) and is also missing its legs. The Abercarn example has a similar slender waist to this example (PAS).
PAS id NMGW-5BF232


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