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|Description ||The lead figurine, approximately 7.5 cm high, that was discovered in the well at the end of the 19th century. Formerly in the Pigyard Museum, Settle, now in private hands.|
The figurine was originally thought to be a Tudor child's toy. At some point, someone recognised the features and decoration was contemporary with artifacts of the La Tene culture, found at Merioneth.
Some reckon this to be a representation of the Goddess Brigantia.
Source: 'Yorkshire's Roots', Howard M. Beck, 1996. Image from the book, courtesy of the Tom Lord collection.
|Hmmm - I don't know. It doesn't look very La Tene to me, but it could be of the period although lead does not occur frequently among Iron Age remains except as spindle whorls and net sinkers. It could be Romano British and it is quite crude suggesting local craftsmanship. Curses were often scratched on to lead tablets and thrown into wells and I recall a triple goddess figure being found at the bottom of a well excavated at Minster on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent. Could indeed be a local Romano British goddess figure.|
|I wonder if anything was scratched onto the back of it?|
|I'd agree with Thorgrim on it probabley being of Romano-British origin. There're plenty of lead mines round the pennines here. I was curious as to why the lower half is so detailed, yet there is no real face detail?|
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