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Bid History: 3   |   Current bid: £15

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Bid History: 3   |   Current bid: £15

Iron Age Celtic Bird Staff Terminal

2nd century BC-2nd century AD

A ferrule formed as a bird, likely a crow or other corvid, modelled in the round perched on a globular socket, wings held together above tail feathers, detailing to one eye and wing feathers, talons expressed as shallow grooves wrapped around the front face of the socket. 85 grams, 57mm long (2 1/4"). Fine condition, beak mostly absent. [No Reserve]

Found Norfolk, UK, April 2010.
Private collection of Mr M.H., Norfolk, UK.
Accompanied by a printed information sheet and drawings noted as 6893 PASTON.

Cf. The Portable Antiquities Scheme, record id. NMS-AE10F0, for an almost identical example classified as Romano-British and dated 43-410 AD.

A cult object that would most likely have been affixed to a staff. The crow or raven was 'the sacred companion of several Celtic deities' (Green, 1978).