HESH-12CB03: Roman: Figurine

Rights Holder: The Portable Antiquities Scheme
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Unique ID: HESH-12CB03

Object type certainty: Certain
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A cast copper alloy fragment of figurine or statuette of probable Roman date (50-400 AD). The fragment comprises the lower arm (forearm) wrist and hand of the left arm; the elbow is lost due to an old break which is patinated. The fragment is relatively poorly modelled, with the forearm being relatively thick and chunky, and the wrist and fingers being inelegant and crudely shaped. The wrist is slightly bent / flexed inward and the thumb is tucked against the forefinger. The fingers are outlined by V shaped furrows, which maybe cast and then augmented by carving / filing. The area between the thumb and forefinger is filled with a mid brown corrosion product (which is not magnetic and therefore not iron). The arm and wrist have distinct but slight facets on them again caused possibly by carving or filing. The arm is a mid greenish brown colour with a thick surface patina that is abraded in places. Where abrasion has occurred slight copper alloy corrosion is present. The break is patinated suggesting damage in antiquity. A direct parallel has not been found, there are a number of statuette or figurine arms of the database,. It is possible that this example is a deliberately broken votive figurine - or token model of an arm deliberately deposited as a religious offering.

The arm measures 55.2mm length, 11.9mm width and 11.6mm thick on the upper arm and 12.2mm wide and 10.8,mm thick across the hand. The arm weighs 30.84 grams

Two PAS examples can be see from

Hockwold, Norfolk (NMS-23F215)



Stanway Gloucestershire (WAW-049C92)


Class: Forearm

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 50
Date to: Circa AD 400

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 55.2 mm
Width: 12.2 mm
Thickness: 11.6 mm
Weight: 30.84 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Peter Reavill
Identified by: Mr Peter Reavill

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SMS Entry Form: SHRMS: E.00302

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: North West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Cheshire West and Chester (Unitary Authority)
District: Cheshire West and Chester (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Mickle Trafford

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Minimal cultivation

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: HESH
Created: 6 years ago
Updated: 6 years ago

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