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ID 9
Grid Ref TQ3280
Project type Chance
County Greater London
Site London
Site Name River Thames at London Bridge
Site Type Large town
Location Type Unknown
Context Unknown
Context Quality 1
Object Period 0
Material Bronze
Other finds from site found with 4 other figurines (4, 10-12)
Import Maybe
Location British Museum
Ref No 1856,0701.15
M/F Male
Age Youth
Form Figurine
Type Deity
Name Mercury
Bearded No
Standing/Seated Standing
Headgear Petasos
Attributes Yes
Attribute description Head wings, missing purse and caduceus?
Clothed No
Drapery Yes
Drapery description Mantle over left shoulder and arm
Condition Good but missing right arm
Classical 1
Quality Classical 2
Photo Yes
Illustration Yes
Height 116.70
Length 0.00
Parallels Rolland 1965, no 32, Leibundgut 1976, no 190; Kaufmann-Heinimann 1977, no 24+26
References Smith 1840, 45, pl V, 1859, 68-9; Pitts 1979, no 22, pl 10; Toynbee 1964, 71; Green 1976, 224, no 62; Lindgren 1980, 47-8, pl 3; British Museum 1964, 54
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Description Nicely executed piece, detailed. Stands with weight on right leg, left slightly bent with heel raised, fingers and toes depicted. Left arm bent at elbow, hand curled to hold missing caduceus. Muscled torso and legs but there is a groove down the back. Finely featured face with hair curls framing face. The top and back of the head is 'cap' hair. Small head wings. Head tilted to the right. Drapery over left shoulder and forearm in a narrow strip. Small slit mouth, fine narrow, long nose with quite heavy brows.


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