- Museum number
Oolitic limestone altar with relief of Mercury. The god stands in a niche with a curving top set in the front of the altar. He holds a caduceus in his left hand and carries his chlamys over his left arm. He extends his right arm and holds a purse in his right hand. He had wings on his head (or wore a winged petasos). On his right side stands a ram and, upon a low stand on his left side, a cockerel (CSIR I, 7).
Height: 440 millimetres
Width: 200 millimetres (at middle)
Width: 240 millimetres (at top and base)
- Curator's comments
- Like much Romano-British sculpture, the altar is carved in quite a simple style, and this, together with considerable surface damage to the relief makes the details of the decoration obscure. Nevertheless, the god can be recognised as Mercury: he has wings on his head, carries a herald’s staff (caduceus) and is accompanied by a cockerel and a ram.
- On display (G49/dc20)
- Exhibition history
1981-1982 22 Jan-31 Jan, Gloucester City Museum and Art Gallery, Uley
- Reasonably good condition although the highest relief has been sheared away leaving the figure above the knees in silhouette. The foreparts of the ram and cockerel are also lost (CSIR I, 7).
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: SF 2761