BM-749729: BM-749729: Roman figurative mount

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Unique ID: BM-749729

Object type certainty: Possibly
Workflow status: Published Find published

A copper-alloy modified vessel mount, depicting a naked figure reclining under a tree, dating to the Roman period. The object is asymmetrical and teardrop shaped in plan. In section, it is approximately hemispherical in section. The underside of the mount is slightly convex and has a rough, scored surface, with traces of a white substance, possibly lead solder, attached to it.

The mount is decorated with a cast figure, reclining right. The figure's right arm is resting behind his head, whilst the left arm is truncated, but is resting at the figure's side. The figure's left leg is tucked under its right leg. The figure reclines against a tree stump, which appears to have originally acted as the attachment for the vessel handle, but has been substantially remodelled and filed down. The rendering of the figure is approximate and there few details picked out. There is, however, an incised circle measuring 2mm in diameter on the right side of the figure's chest. The teardrop shaped plate on which the figure rests, is decorated by two circumferential incisions and is broken in the area in front of the figure, perhaps damage caused when it was prised from the vessel which it decorated.

It is possible that the figure represents a sleeping Hermaprodite, a composition known from Hellenistic and Roman sculpture.


SF 160. Seen 4.6.18

Class: Escutcheon
Evidence of reuse: The mount has been modified by removing the means of attachment

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Period of reuse: ROMAN

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 34 mm
Height: 26 mm
Width: 56 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Philippa Walton
Identified by: Dr Philippa Walton

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Box 20, Bag 5

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: North East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Darlington (Unitary Authority)
District: Darlington (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Piercebridge (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: NZ2115
Four figure Latitude: 54.52984883
Four figure longitude: -1.67701825
1:25K map: NZ2115
1:10K map: NZ21NW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Other chance find
Discovery circumstances: While diving in the River Tees
General landuse: Open fresh water

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: BM
Created: 4 years ago
Updated: 10 months ago

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