NMGW-F4A3F6: Front of figure

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Unique ID: NMGW-F4A3F6

Object type certainty: Probably
Workflow status: Published Find published

Cast copper alloy mount in the form a small figurine of a banqueter of Roman date, probably from the 1st century AD. The figure is eroded with the original surface now missing. The figurine depicts a reclining banqueter resting on the left elbow. The figure appears to be naked above the waist. The lower part of the body and legs are covered with draperies, the folds of which are indicated by cast and recessed lines on the front and rear. The hand is visible against the base of drape. The rear of the figure may have further drapery over the left shoulder. No detail of the face or the rest of figure survive. The mount is curved as if fitted on a curved object. The figure has lost the projecting right hand.


The figurine can be closely paralleled with a figurine excavated at Usk (Webster 1995, pp 47-49) and recovered from a pre-Flavian context. Webster argues that the artistic treatment of the figure is deliberately archaic and inspired by Greek two-dimensional vessel mounts and believes the Usk figurine stood, with other figures, on the rim of a vessel associated with the serving of wine. Similar figures have been found in Colchester (BM accession No 70.4-2.17), Richborough (Bushe-Fox 1949, pp 138) and Verulamium.

Class: Mount
Sub class: Figurine

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 50
Date to: Circa AD 100

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 29.5 mm
Width: 32 mm
Thickness: 8 mm
Weight: 16.6 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 1st January 2004

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Identified by: Mr Mark Lodwick

Other reference numbers

Other reference: NMGWPA 2004.42.3

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast

Spatial metadata

Region: Wales (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Newport (Unitary Authority)
District: Newport (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Langstone (Community)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: ST3791
Four figure Latitude: 51.614286
Four figure longitude: -2.91127
1:25K map: ST3791
1:10K map: ST39SE
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: NMGW
Created: 15 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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