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Pipeclay horse figurine. This mould-made figurine is complete and undamaged. It depicts a lightly-built horse standing on a flat plinth. The animal has a slender body and muzzle, a pronounced mane and a long broad tail. There is no indication of saddle or bridle nor of the sex of the horse, which may therefore have been intended as a mare or gelding.
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Length: 140 millimetres
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- Mould-made pipeclay figurines, mostly intended for religious use, were mass-produced in Roman Gaul. Amongst surviving examples images of Venus and Mother Goddesses are especially numerous. Animal figurines were also popular.
This figurine is part of a grave group: the cremated remains of a child in a samian beaker, flanked by pipeclay figurines of a bull and a horse, together with three other pots, two bracelets and two metal fittings, were found in a small pit by Mr G. Reeve while digging the footings for a garage at his home in the centre of Roman Godmanchester in 1991. The finding circumstances were recorded by Mrs D. Reeve who photographed the objects as her husband carefully removed them from the ground.
Mr and Mrs Reeve retained the burial group (dated to the mid-2nd century AD by the pottery) but made it available for publication: Taylor, A., 1997, 'A Roman child burial with animal figurines and pottery, from Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire', Britannia 28 (1997), 386-93.
- On display (G49/dc11)
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- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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