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Stunning medieval gold statue pendant - C15thC

Treasure Report:   2008 T581                                                                            
Parish/County:          Tendring District, Essex

A medieval figure of John the Baptist. The saint is shown not in his usual attribute of a camel skin, but in the robes of a prophet. He gestures with his right hand to a salver, which he holds in his left. This was originally designed to carry a lamb, signifying the Lamb of God. A scroll issues from the Saint’s left hand and is inscribed with the words
(Behold, the Lamb of God)

The figure stands on a small plinth with a finished base. It is designed to be seen in the round and on its back there is a loop for attachment to an object. It would probably have been entirely enamelled, but no traces of enamel survive on the figure.

The figure is gold and dates from the late fifteenth or early sixteenth century.

Dimensions: height 33 mm, width 11 mm, depth 10 mm.


Consequently, in terms of age and as the object contains a minimum of 10% precious metal it qualifies as Treasure under the stipulations of the Treasure Act 1996.

J P Robinson
Curator of Medieval Collections
30th March 2009

Roman veiled standing togate figure - popular throughout the Roman Empire but quit a rare find in Britain

50mm high

The small size of the statue, the thin profile of the head and upper body, and the somewhat Augustan or Julio-Claudian traits reflected in the face all indicate that the statue was made, probably as a public or personal votive offering, in a central Italian workshop, such as that which produced the large votive bronzes from Nemi.



Treasure Report:   2009/T218                                                                   
Parish/County:          Tendring District, Essex

A small Medieval figure of a knight, missing his arms and the bottom part of his legs. The sinuous pose suggests that the figure is meant to represent St George spearing the dragon. The dragon ought to have been positioned beneath his feet, but this part of the composition is missing. In this respect and in terms of its dimensions, the figure resembles mass produced pilgrim souvenirs generated by the cult of St George at Windsor Castle. What distinguishes this figure is that it is cast in the round unlike pilgrim badges of the same period.

On the reverse are the remains of a loop, used either for stitching on to a garment (most likely) or for suspension.

The figure is silver and dates from the fifteenth century.

Dimensions: length 18 mm, width 9 mm.


J P Robinson
Curator of Medieval Collections
 26th November 2009

Roman 1st/2ndC copper alloy votive offering

17thC Middle Eastern

Roman 1st/2ndC copper alloy votive offering 7.63g, 39.43mm H x 5.09mm T

2nd C Roman bronze statue in uniform (possibly military) with toga over arm - some red enameling remaining 28.87g, 52.25mm H

Roman bronze figurine

19th Napoleon and possibly his son ,called l'aiglon gilded statue
19thC lead Napoleon figurines

C14thC Medieval lead knights head mount

C14thC Medieval lead knights head mount

Huge Georgian pipe tamper
This lead figurine looks very old and the animal is a strange beast - one for the museum to look at

Large lead arm from a figurine

Lead Napoleonic wars soldier statue

Facinating find - 1600 mm long and the figurine is exposing himself !! No clue what it is

Museum ID'd it as a toasting fork handle



Queen Victoria's husband Albert
19thC pottery head