This handsome chap was dug up in the middle of town during reconstruction works some years ago. At first it was thought to be just a bit of Bronze but cleaning revealed a horse and rider. It is likely our cavalryman held a spear in his right hand and possibly represents some God or other. They say it is unusual in that usually cavalrymen were dressed in armour, this man appears naked. Soldier or God I wonder. It sits in one of the museums renovated cases alongside a small child and a head.
I am not clear as to what these represent but I am not likely to want that head sitting on my mantelpiece any time soon. I am fascinated by the items that have been found in the ground from days of long ago. These will be Roman (ish) as they say Celts did not have figurines of any type before the Roman invasion. Plenty of convoluted patters but no figures it appears. This fact had not struck me and reminded me of how little I know.
Sadly I did not take the time to ensure the image was clear. It was not easy in that light to picture the items through the glass, as you can see! Also I have enlarged the picture so that does not help. What thinkest thou of this lass? I had no intention of going to the Museum this morning but when the phone rang at five minutes past nine I knew who was on the other end! To me the position of 'dogsbody,' on call as it were to fill gaps, is better than a regular spot at the moment. It does mean that my day is altered if the phone rings! It was enjoyable today however, and these figures fascinated me when I saw them again. Consider the folks who lost them, their homes, around 2000 years ago, their society and position within it. The homes, few rreaching into the sky like ours do today. The difficulty of getting water daily, the constant milling of grain and the smell of bread baking daily, the view over open fields and the sky always above us, not hidden behind vapour trails. The silence, no music bar that made by individuals, not deep base thumping from passing cars. Animals running loose, walking everywhere unless very rich, the day filled with tasks technology makes easy for us.
I wonder if we or they are more stressed by our lives?