White corrosion on lead cloisson. Fragmentary lead statuette of a standing male figure, possibly a dignitary, wearing a long fringed robe which is decorated with small squares inlaid with mosaic-glass plaques and larger squares inlaid with ivory plaques decorated with rosettes; the design consists of two horizontal rows of small squares alternating with two rows of larger squares into which ivory plaques were set at regular intervals; above the fringe are two rows of rectangles; on the shoulders and along the sleeves are set two parallel rows of small bronze bands and short horizontal bronze pieces set into the lead; a large fragment from the back of the head has almost vertical strands of hair divided by bronze bands and three horizontal rows of locks formed by small bronze rings; the small squares of the garment are inlaid with opaque red mosaic-glass plaques of varying size, many still in situ and decorated with a circle in white (D. 0.4 cm) with a red dot in the centre, and made by the cane technique; the fringe is inlaid with opaque red pieces of glass, each cast in a one-piece mould, and the locks with small balls of opaque blue glass; the strands of hair were probably also inlaid with blue glass; contains traces of a wooden core.
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