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Unique ID: SUR-2DFE62

Object type certainty: Certain
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A cast copper alloy anthropomorphic Roman mount or strap fitting dating to the 2nd century AD. The object is finely detailed and moulded into a figurative bust of a middle aged male, with a bald head and large beard comprised of four thick strands of ringlets descending to the chest. The neck of the figure appears to truncate in the manner of a carved bust with a flange or panel with incised linear decoration of unclear form below. The reverse of the object is partially concave on the lower portion and has stumps of a rectangular sectioned loop or mounting fixtures at the back of the head and at the lower edge.

This object most likely depicts Silenus, the foster-father of Bacchus and leader of satyrs. He is usually shown as bald-beaded with a snub-nose, pointed ears and a moustache and beard.


The fittings on this example suggest a function as a strap slide, although other examples are more likely furniture fittings. See also SF-023465NMS-1690F3, WMID-D1FDC6WREX-C91A0BKENT-BD4034 and WILT-074FD1.

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: County / local importance

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Exactly AD 100
Date to: Circa AD 200

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 35.2 mm
Width: 19.1 mm
Thickness: 17.2 mm
Weight: 18.06 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 1st August 1985

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Nottinghamshire (County)
District: Newark and Sherwood (District)
Parish or ward: North Clifton (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SK8272
Four figure Latitude: 53.23870693
Four figure longitude: -0.77281331
1:25K map: SK8272
1:10K map: SK87SW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Appels, A. and Laycock, S. 2007 Roman Buckles and Military Fittings Witham Greenlight Publishing

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Recording Institution: SUR
Created: 10 months ago
Updated: 10 months ago

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