Record Details

NHER Number:21729
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:The Roydon Head Roman statue

Summary

A life-sized carved marble head of the Roman emperor Antoninus Pius (AD 138 to 150), used for many years as a bollard to protect a verge from passing traffic, was sold at auction for £55,000 in 1990.

Images

  • The head of a Roman marble statue of Antonius Pius  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service

Location

Grid Reference:TM 0944 8089
Map Sheet:TM08SE
Parish:ROYDON (NEAR DISS), SOUTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

September 1985. Seen on side of road, northeast side of Banyard's Lane.
Life-size marble head, very fine Classical work, Grand Tour piece?
A. Gregory (NAU), 24 September 1985.

31 August 1989.
Life size marble head now identified as the emperor Antoninus Pius ('Formia' type). Genuine Roman date AD 138 to 150.
See correspondence (S1) and parallels in file. Press cutting (S2) in file.
D. A. Gurney (NAU), 31 August 1989.

Monument Types

  • STATUE (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)

Associated Finds

  • FIGURINE (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Secondary File: Secondary file.
---Slide: Various. Slide.
<S1>Correspondence: Walker, S (British Museum). 1989. Letter to D. Gurney (NAU). 8 August.
<S2>Newspaper Article: 1990. Eastern Daily Press. 12 July.

Related records - none

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