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ID 99
Grid Ref TL9724
Project type Excavation
County Essex
Site Colchester
Site Name Lexden tumulus
Site Type Rural
Location Type Grave
Context Grave
Context Quality 3
Site Date c.15-10 BC
Object Period -1
Material Bronze
Other finds from site Other figurines and attachments
Import Maybe
Place of manufacture Britain or Gaul
Location Colchester Castle Museum
Ref No COLEM 2001.96
Form Attachment
Type Animal
Name Bull
Bearded No
Standing/Seated Seated
Clothed No
Drapery No
Condition Corroded
Classical 1
Quality Classical 3
Photo Yes
Illustration Yes
Height 54.50
Length 71.00
References Foster 1986, 58, fig 21.3; Pitts 1979, no 170, pl 2; Toynbee 1964, 40; Green 1976, 219; Laver 1926-7, 249; pl 58
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Description In the naturalistic rendering of the body, limbs and hide, and in the presence of a vitta passing across the back, the animal is fully Roman; while its knobbed horns betray a concession on the artist's part to Celtic taste (Toynbee). Legs tucked underneath. Face corroded away, only left horn remains. Large ears extend from side of face. Tail curled up over haunches and then down over body.


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