Sculptured stone (fragment)

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from Croy Hill, Dumbartonshire

Postcard of Sculptured stone (fragment).
© National Museums Scotland

Sculptured stone (fragment)

This fragment of a sculptured stone was found outside the site of the Roman fort at Croy Hill in Dumbartonshire. It was carved sometime between 140 and 165 AD.

The stone is carved in relief. At the top is part of a foot on the back of the forelegs and hindquarters of an animal, possibly a cow. Only a corner of the inscription survives, reading 'HENO', which can be interpreted as part of a dedication to Jupiter Dolichenus.

Jupiter Dolichenus was a god from the East, a mixture of the Roman Jupiter and a Syrian sky god. His worship was popular amongst the soldiers.

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Online ID: 000-180-001-453-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FV 47 B
Date: Between 140 and 165 AD
Material: Sandstone, yellow; relief sculpture with forelegs and hindquarters of a cow (?), part of a foot on its back, a column at the side and below part of a frame containing an inscription
Dimensions: 540 mm H x 210 mm L x 280 mm W
What: Sculpture / fragment
Where: Scotland, Dunbartonshire, Cumbernauld, Croy Hill
Description: Fragment of a relief sculpture in yellow sandstone of Jupiter Dolichenus, found in a short Antonine ditch outside Croy Hill fort
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