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ID 885
Images No image in database
Grid Ref SU6893
Project type Metal detector
County Oxfordshire
Site Watlington
Site Type Unknown
Location Type Unknown
Context Unknown
Context Quality 1
Object Period 0
Material Bronze
Location Returned to finder
Ref No BUC-668F82
Form Figurine
Type Animal
Name Three-horned bull
Bearded No
Standing/Seated Seated
Clothed No
Drapery No
Classical 1
Quality Stylised 2
Photo No
Illustration Yes
Height 0.00
Length 50.73
References Worrell 2007, 320-21, fig. 16; PAS database.
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Description The bull's legs are truncated and appear never to have been present. The angle of the rear left leg suggests that the bull was modelled in a seated position and that the legs were not further defined. The body is almost rectangular in profile at the rear end, narrowing at the thick neck to the head. The tail is oval in section and tapers at the tip. It is separated from the body and hangs downwards. The bull's face appears featureless. The face widens to the branching, upward curving horns at each side. A third horn in the centre of the head is wider (oval in section) and curves forwards. It may be broken at the top. The side horns have slightly knobbed terminals. This figurine is likely to have had a votive purpose. The knobbed horns indicate the influence of Iron Age art styles (Green 1977, 311) and the presence of three horns may have had particular religious significance (PAS).
PAS id BUC-668F82


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