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Tours > Roman Britain at the BM > Mercury's Cult Statue

Mercury's Cult Statue
Uley, Gloucestershire

The Head of Mercury from Uley, Gloucestershire This over-lifesize head from a 2nd century cult statue of Mercury was the centrepiece of the pagan temple complex excavated at Uley in Gloucestershire. He was carved locally from native British limestone, but his classical look hails back to early Greek prototypes. Amongst his tightly curled hair can still be seen the stumps of his missing wings. Parts of the God's legs and cloak also survived. Uley was a major Mercurian centre with a thriving array of hotels and souvenir shops for visiting pilgrims. Associated excavated artefacts include fascinating curse tablets, statuettes and sacrificial animal bones including those from the God's special companions, the cockerel and the goat.

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