Terracotta figure of a Gaulish mercenary in the Ptolemaic army.A standing Gaul in a proudly aggressive pose: he is largely naked, but wears a long cloak. His hair is long and rises from his forehead to fall in tresses on each side of his face and extends to the nape of his neck at the rear; his phallus is outsize. His long-sword is slung from a waist-belt on his right side and he grips the hilt, which is forked and has a knobbed guard: it is uncertain whether it is scabbarded. He holds a large oval Gaulish shield to his left side; it has a bound edge and a vertical spine with a central elongated boss. The boss has a looped plate on each side; two diagonal grooves cross the face above and below the boss. The rear is plain except for the Gaul’s hair and an edge of his shield; there is a circular vent. The legs are lost below the ankles.Hollow; two-piece mould. Micaceous brown Nile silt.
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