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ID 905
Images No image in database
Grid Ref TL4153
Project type Metal detector
County Cambridgeshire
Site Haslingfield
Site Type Unknown
Location Type Unknown
Context Unknown
Context Quality 1
Object Period 0
Material Bronze
Location Returned to finder
Ref No CAM-3C3F35
Form Attachment
Type Bird
Name Cockerel
Bearded No
Standing/Seated Standing
Is an attribute of Mercury
Clothed No
Drapery No
Condition Worn slightly.
Classical 1
Quality Stylised 1
Photo Yes
Illustration No
Height 28.00
Length 35.00
Parallels Bramford (853), Branston and Mere (906)
References PAS database.
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Description A complete, cast copper alloy figurine in the form of a cockerel. The cockerel is three-dimensional and is depicted standing with its head slightly turned to the right. The head is wedge shaped. The beak is cast crudely and continues from the crest on the top of his head. One incised eye is visible. The main body is oval and a horizontal ridge half way down on either side marks the extent of the wings. Feathers are picked out by incised, cross hatched decoration. The tail comprises two rounded and conjoined rectangular extensions decorated on the surface with a series horizontal incisions. On the back of the body in the centre is an integral loop set on the same plane as the cockerel's body. Although there is a depression in this loop, it does not appear to be fully perforated. The legs are depicted as one solid cylinder terminating in a flat, disc-shaped base. There is a small circular perforation at the back of the solid cylinder which may be a casting flaw. . . Other copper-alloy cockerel figurines are usually considered to be votive objects (see Evans, 2000 p366, fig. 88 nos 112 & 114 for parallels, and p367 for discussion on cockerel figurines). The main difference between this cockerel and the others cited is the presence of the integral suspension loop on the birds back. Two other birds with loop are known on the PAS database; one from Suffolk, recorded as SF2736 and one from Lincolnshire recorded as LIN-6056C8 and another example is known from Shouldham, Norfolk which has a deep circular hole on its back flanked by two shallow oblique depressions, presumably from a missing suspension loop (Worrell 2004, 326 fig. 7). The presence of a suspension loop might suggest that it was used as a steelyard weight, however the range of very similar votive objects might suggest other functions still within a votive context. Another uncontexted and unrecorded parallel with suspension loop is illustrated in Benet, 2003, 2nd edition, p223 (PAS).
PAS id CAM-3C3F35


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