PUBLIC-7C33CA: Post Medieval Figurine

Rights Holder: Patrick Brown
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Unique ID: PUBLIC-7C33CA

Object type certainty: Probably
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A cast copper alloy figurine - most probably from the top of a post medieval pipe tamp / tamper (AD 1600-1750). The figure is long, thin and cartoon like with exaggerated arms and legs. The figure is stood in a pose with one hand raising his hat in salute whilst the other hand is wrapped around a large and exaggerated erect penis. The figure has lost his legs one above the knee whilst the other below. The lower stopper part of the tamper is lost. It is possible that the figure may represent a harlequin as he is dressed in a doublet / jerkin with rounded neck whilst the legs are decorated with chevrons possibly suggesting leggings. Unfortunately the figurine has lost the tip of his preposterously large penis; this break is likely to have occured in antiquity as the break is rounded and worn. The figure has a light brown purple colour and a relatively well formed surface patina. A direct parallel has not been found - although the style is reminiscent of a number of 'bawdy' scenes associated with smoking

The tamper measures: Length 37mm, width 13mm, thickness 7mm. Weight 6.0 grams

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1600
Date to: Circa AD 1800

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 37 mm
Width: 13 mm
Thickness: 7 mm
Weight: 6 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Patrick Brown
Identified by: Dr Patrick Brown
Secondary identifier: Mr Peter Reavill

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Shropshire Museum Service; Object Entry Form: E.01563

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: County of Herefordshire (Unitary Authority)
District: County of Herefordshire (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Brampton Abbotts

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: PUBLIC
Created: 5 months ago
Updated: About one month ago

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