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LOT 1373

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Iron Age Celtic Votive Cockerel

1st century BC-2nd century AD

A copper-alloy votive figure modelled as a cockerel, free-standing when resting on the legs and tail, with detailing to the folded wings, coxcomb, wattles, tail and legs expressed as incised lines. 51.3 grams, 51.8mm long (2"). Fair condition. [No Reserve]

Found Norfolk, UK, 2013.
Private collection of Mr M.H., Norfolk, UK.
Accompanied by a copy of the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) report number NMS-A07183, including drawings.

Cf. The Portable Antiquities Scheme, record id. NMS-A07183, for this item, where it is dated 43-409 AD.

The cockerel was an attribute of the god Mercury, whom the bird would have accompanied as the herald of dawn.