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Lost Roman Sculpture Found in Castle Cupboard

Friday, March 15, 2013

Sudeley Cast FigurineWINCHCOMBE, ENGLAND—An archivist cleaning out a basement cupboard at Sudeley Castle in the Cotswolds of southwestern England has rediscovered one of only seven known depictions of Apollo Cunomaglos, a local Roman deity. Dating from A.D 150 to 300, the sculpture shows Apollo Cunomaglos wearing a conical cap and holding a bow and arrow. First discovered in the nineteenth century by one of the owners of Sudeley Castle, the figure's whereabouts had been unknown for decades. "The authentication of the subject as Apollo Cunomaglos with his bow and arrows is of major significance in furthering our understanding of Roman religion in western Britain," says archaeologist Martin Henig, who had previously recorded the artifact as "lost" in a book on Roman sculpture.