On Tuesday, April 9, 2002, 10:40:33 AM, Mike wrote:
MS> It may well be a pipeclay figure related to the cult of Epona, there are
MS> certainly examples from Wroxeter,
Really? Do you have a reference to the Wroxeter ones, they are not
listed in the most recent Epona survey that I am aware of:
Euskirchen, M. (1993). "Epona." Bericht der römisch-germanischen
Kommission des deutschen archäologischen Instituts 74: 607-838.
Nor, indeed in the earlier ones (Reinach, Magnen and Thevenot).
I would very much appreciate more information on the Wroxeter Epona
figures. In what context were they found? Are they of local
manufacture or are they from the Gaulish pipeclay works such as those
at Clermont-Ferrand (Puy-de-Dôme, Auvergne, France)
Are they Epona figures (with sidesaddle rider) or are they ex-voto
(which might be to Epona but equally to Gaulish Apollo, Mars, or Dieu
Cavalier deities who were also associated with horses)?
Examples of such ambiguous ex-voto are those from Assche-Kalkoven
(Belgium), Chorey (Côte d'Or, Bourgogne, France), Mirecourt (Vosges,
France) and Saint-Germain-Sources-Seine (Côte d'Or, Bourgogne, France).
MS> I'd be happy to see an image and comment
MS> upon it if that would help.
So would I, in fact, particularly if the horse has
- a rider,
- a rectangular slot on the back where a rider might go,
- almond-shaped eyes with pronounced outlines
- braiding in the mane or tail
- a foal
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