Tyne and Wear HER(1483): Newcastle, Castle Garth, Roman relief of Mercury - Details
Newcastle, Castle Garth, Roman relief of Mercury
Religious Ritual and Funerary
A relief carving, in local buff sandstone, of Mercury was recovered in 1847 during excavation for the foundations of the High Level Bridge on the crest of the hill in front of the castle. Slightly weathered and damaged. 0.436 metres high x 0.238 metres wide x 0.13 metres deep. A well-rounded figure, with an unusually large head, boldly executed in high relief.
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