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  • Description

    Copper alloy figure of Mars.The god is naked and stands with his left leg bent and his helmeted head turned slightly to the right. His right arm is raised is would originally have probably held a spear, now missing. The left arm is held bent at his side, originally probably with a shield, not missing. The whole lower half of his right leg is missing as is the ankle and foot of his left. He has a baldric across his right shoulder.


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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 200 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    3rd-4th century AD

    This hoard consists of objects that probably came from a temple dedicated to the god Mars. There are six silver plaques, one silver-gilt plaque, a statuette of Mars and a bronze handle. It was found about 1743 in Barkway, Hertfordshire.

    Given by Lord Selsey

    Statuette of Mars
    Mars was a god of fertility as well as of war. This very fine bronze statuette shows him as a youthful dancing figure. It suggests his connection with the coming of spring and the growing of crops.
    PY 1817,0308.1


  • Bibliography

    • Roman Britain 1964 p, 54, pl. 16.10 bibliographic details
    • Hobbs & Jackson 2010 p. 129, fig. 101 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G49/dc20

  • Exhibition history

    2006 31 Mar-29 Oct, York, Yorkshire Museum, Constantine

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  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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