LIN-25CC02: Roman copper-alloy figurine of Mercury

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Unique ID: LIN-25CC02

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A near-complete copper-alloy figurine of Mercury dating to the Roman period.

The figure is naked except for a paenula draped over the left shoulder and left arm. He stands facing, with legs apart and left leg bent slightly foward. His head is turned slightly to his right. He has curly hair and wears a cap with two wings. The facial features are worn but appear somewhat provincial in style. His nipples are light green in colour and appear to be broken, exposing brighter green copper below the original surface. His arms are bent forward. In his right hand he holds a money-bag. His left hand is incomplete but is semi-circular in section and most probably once held a caduceus. His body is slender but toned, with smooth mouldings depicting muscle. His testicles are small in relation to his body; his penis is absent. The right foot is flat to the floor; the left is slightly lifted from the balls of the feet.

This figurine does not stand up on its own and there is no evidence for any broken supports. The figurine has a mid-green smooth patina and is in excellent condition.

Other figurines of Mercury are known from England, such as Wickenby, Lincolnshire (LIN-3A2272), Urchfont, Wiltshire (WILT-564501), Lavenham, Suffolk (ESS-BC68F7) and the Isle of Wight (IOW-80A331).

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: Potential for inclusion in Britannia

Class: Mercury

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: ROMAN
Subperiod to: Late
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 43
Date to: Circa AD 410

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 81 mm
Width: 45 mm
Thickness: 22 mm
Weight: 72.67 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 1st January 2012

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Dr Adam Daubney
Identified by: Dr Adam Daubney

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Lincolnshire (County)
District: West Lindsey (District)
To be known as: Nettleton

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Recording Institution: LIN
Created: 6 years ago
Updated: 5 years ago

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