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ID 892
Images No image in database
Grid Ref SE4843
Project type Metal detector
County Yorkshire, North
Site Selby
Site Name Tadcaster
Site Type Small town
Location Type Unknown
Context Unknown
Context Quality 1
Object Period 0
Material Bronze
Location returned to finder
Ref No SWYOR-412737
Form Figurine
Type Bird
Name Duck
Bearded No
Clothed No
Drapery No
Classical 0
Quality Stylised 2
Photo Yes
Illustration No
Height 38.10
Length 49.10
References PAS database.
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Description The bird.s body is sub-triangular in plan representing the folded wings and tail. It is three dimensional but flattened, though the body is thicker than the wings and the tail sticks out beyond the wings at the back. Two rounded and solid sub-triangular lugs project downwards from the body. They are next to each other and may represent legs, though they are too far towards the tail. The lugs are worn and could have formed part of a loop originally, though they do not appear to be damaged. These lugs prevent the bird from being positioned naturalistically. The front of the bird.s body curves up and tapers to form the thick neck and small head which is partly turned to the right. The beak area is also worn. There are very faint traces if incised decoration consisting of semi-circles and V shapes on the bird.s back to represent large feathers, and short lines on the neck and underside representing down. Though there is no evidence of attachment to a larger object, it is suspected that the object is not complete because it does not stand satisfactorily by itself in any orientation. In the Roman period, ducks were seen as a link between air and water and had connections with healing (Mills 2000). The duck form is often used for brooches, mounts and other objects (PAS).
PAS id SWYOR-412737


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