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ID 928
Images No image in database
Grid Ref TL9925
Project type Chance
County Essex
Site Colchester
Site Name 2 Papillon Road
Site Type Colonia
Location Type near shrine
Context Unknown
Context Quality 1
Object Period 0
Material Bronze
Other finds from site Found with cockerel 929
Location Returned to finder
Ref No ESS-D24132
Form Figurine
Type Animal
Name Goat
Bearded No
Standing/Seated Standing
Is an attribute of Mercury
Clothed No
Drapery No
Condition Good
Classical 1
Quality Stylised 1
Photo Yes
Illustration No
Height 25.14
Length 22.88
Parallels Uley (no 704)
References PAS database.
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Description The goat is shown standing with the left foreleg slightly forward. The body is incised with curving lines to represent the animal.s hide and it has a small, stumpy upstanding tail. The horns, or possibly the ears, are elongated and sweep up and out from the goat.s head. Below the horns there is a raised moulded, undecorated band around the front and sides of the head. It is just possible to see the lentoid depressions that represent the eyes and the horizontal incised line on the muzzle that represents the mouth. Beneath the goats neck is a moulded bulge, which may represent a bell on a faintly incised collar, or may represent the goats beard. The goat is standing on a base that is rectangular in plan and section. . . The base is 19.14mm long, 7.8mm wide and 2.46mm thick. The object has been cleaned since discovery and now has mid green patina with patches of red/brown corrosion as well as patches of the original metal colour. Goats and cockerels are the cult animals associated with the god, Mercury and they may have been intended to stand on pedestals flanking Mercury figurines. . . An almost identical figurine has been recorded with the PAS, record HAMP2606. Astoundingly, the chance find of this figurine was accompanied by that of a figurine of a cockerel, which is almost undoubtedly connected.See record ESS-D28ED1.Other Roman objects have been found in the vicinity, which is near to a known Roman shrine (PAS).
PAS id ESS-D24132


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