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  • Description

    Sculpture; stone head. Plaited hair, bean shaped eyes, wedge nose, moustache, slightly open mouth. All facial features in low relief. Flat unworked back.

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  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 307 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    A so-called 'Celtic Stone Head' and there fore assumed to be Iron Age in date. However, like other 'Celtic Stone Heads' there is no direct or indirect evidence to suggest this head is Iron Age in date.

  • Exhibition history


    1991 25 Mar-21 Sep, Manchester Museum, Lindow Man

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    Found by vendor's father 1870-1880 "within a day's walk from Blackburn, probably not further north that Ribchester nor further south thatn Samlesbury"

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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