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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1871,0601.1

  • Description

    Copper alloy figure of Mars. With silver inlay. Wearing the armour of a general - an elaborate helmet, sheet metal leg guards (greaves) decorated with thunderbolts and an embossed chest plate (cuirass) moulded to the form of the body. He would originally have held a spear in his right hand, now missing, and possibly a shield in his left (also missing).

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 2ndC
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  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 21 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Bronze statuette of Mars

    Roman Britain, 2nd century AD
    From Earith, Cambridgeshire

    This accomplished casting, enlivened with silver inlay, is the finest bronze figurine of Mars from Roman Britain.

    The Roman god of war is shown in characteristic warlike attire. He wears the armour of a general - an elaborate helmet, sheet metal leg guards (greaves) decorated with thunderbolts and an embossed chest plate (cuirass) moulded to the form of the body. He would originally have held a spear and shield.

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  • Bibliography

    • Roman Britain 1964 p. 54, pl. 16.8 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G49/dc9

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:
    1993 18 Jun-26 Sep, France, Quimper, Abbaye de Daoloas, Rome face aux Barbes

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1871

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1871,0601.1

COMPASS Title: Bronze statuette of Mars

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COMPASS Title: Bronze statuette of Mars

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