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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Copper alloy model wheel.

  • Culture/period

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 57 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    The Felmingham Hall hoard consists of bronze statuettes buried in a large pottery jar. It is likely to be a temple hoard, and reveals the combination of classical and native religious traditions typical in Roman Britain.

    The wheel was an attribute of a major Celtic deity, Taranis, who in Celtic mythology is the god of the wheel, associated with forces of change. His name means 'thunder' ('taran' is the Welsh word for a clap of thunder). Taranis was known all over the Celtic world, and was sometimes equated with Jupiter by the Romans.

    T.W. Potter, Roman Britain, 2nd edition (London, The British Museum Press, 1997), p. 78, plate 72


  • Bibliography

    • Gilbert 1978 bibliographic details
    • Hobbs & Jackson 2010 p. 128, fig. 100 bibliographic details
    • Roman Britain 1964 p. 60, pl. 24 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G49/dc19

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number



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