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Metropolitan styling: figurines from London and Colchester

Durham, E. (2016) Metropolitan styling: figurines from London and Colchester. In: Hoss, S. and Whitmore, A. (eds.) Small Finds and Ancient Social Practices in the Northwest Provinces of the Roman Empire. Oxbow Books, Oxford, pp. 75-97. ISBN 9781785702563

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Bronze figurines are an important artefact category providing insights into manufacture, art and religious beliefs. The figurines from London and Colchester make up some 14% of the figurines recorded in my PhD from all of Britain. As one might expect they range from high quality figurines, some imported from Italy, to stylised provincial examples, many of which may have been produced in Britain and possibly even London or Colchester. A wide variety of types is found within these two towns, but one factor that stands out is the concentration of Easern deities, particularly those of the Cybele and Isis cults. This paper will review the collections from London and Colchester within the wider context of figurines from Britain as a whole and what they can tell us about the religious habits of their inhabitants.

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Divisions:Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science > Department of Archaeology
ID Code:82556
Publisher:Oxbow Books


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