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Accession Number NWHCM : 2011.311


The Ashmanhaugh boar figurine is a three-dimensional stylised representation made of copper alloy. It is in good condition with little corrosion, although it is damaged in several places and details, such as tusks, upper crest and front feet, are missing. It has an elongated snout with flattened muzzle and a simple horizontal straight mouth. The tusks are broken away from either side and are missing. The body of the figurine narrows towards the waist. The feet are flattened and point forward, but not cast in the shape of hooves; the front two have been broken off. Their form and angle to the ground suggests that the figurine originally stood on something curved. A perforated crest runs the whole length of the back, from the top of the head, with many tiny, closely-spaced, holes, which have caused a weakness and it has broken off along its entire length. The boar’s large ears point forward. The first of two deliberate unexplained features in the casting is on the right shoulder, a symbol in the shape of a ‘tick’ mark with no possible function. The right ear carries the second deliberate unexplained casting feature, a clear semi-circular notch. This again has no possible function and must be symbolic.It measures 87mm from the tip of the snout to the rear of the spinal crest. Its widest point is 23mm, measuring from ear to ear. The maximum height is 51mm. Late Iron Age, early Romano-British

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This beautiful figurine was found at Ashmanhaugh, to the north-east of Norwich, in 1997. It is a stylised representation of a boar, and a striking addition to the growing zoo of known animal representations within the material culture of Norfolk’s Iron Age.

Material copper alloy
Measurements 51 mm
Department Archaeology

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