Lead Head Figure

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Hi Everyone,

Can anyone help me identify this please?

Thank you

Andy
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Hi Andy and welcome :thumbsup:

That's got one of those faces that has a '60s "arty" look but which could well be a lot older.
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Hi Figgis,

Thank you.

It was found near where I found a 13th papal bulla last year so I thought it might be related to religion.

Thanks

Andy
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It has the look of those Easter Island statues about it
With the hole at the bottom it was obviously a decoration for something....
What though i dont know

Give it a while and someone will be along with a better idea than myself

Oh and welcome in Andy, hope you find us useful here, if not hope you at least get a laugh with us along the way :thumbsup:
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There are a couple of heads on the PAS database that were on tobacco lids for opening
Maybe someone molded that one in the image of its owner?
Could easily be a personal item like that, but lead would be a bit heavy for that
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Thats a unique find . Ive been googling lead figures from all ages and i cant find anything like that . Well done.
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Is that a roman looking nose it has Andy?
Also, is there hair etched onto it or is that just my imagination...
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Hi !

Thanks for your interest. The back is flat and no hairlines that I can see. I first thought of Easter Island when I dug it up.

Adding a couple more pics from different angles. Hope that helps :thumbsup:
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So
We have Easter island lookalikes
Roman nose
And now a King TuT beard !! :lol:

Yes the extra photos help as you can now see the base is curved, so it could be something for ontop of a lid to be able to open it
A few on PAS database showing heads (nothing like this one), made of lead and used as tobacco lid openers

Certainly interesting and i cant find anything that remotely matches the way this head has been done....
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How deep is the hole into the figure? I am wondering if it could be a handle off something like a letter opener?
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Hi,

The hole is not very deep about 4mm
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andyb wrote: Thu Sep 10, 2020 9:42 pm Hi,

The hole is not very deep about 4mm
Tis a head scratcher....if the hole is only 4mm deep, that would surely rule it out of being a fixing point as well????
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So maybe that is the top half of the figure?
Maybe the bottom, or the torso to be more correct is missing from a full figure?

It doesnt really resemble any sort of chess piece/set i've ever seen, and cant think of any other game that would require strange mixed figures such as this....

Its quite crude to be too modern imo, but not sure of its use for anything with any age....

The fantasy side of my brain would like to think it was a votive offering, but you'll all laugh at me :lol:
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Very interesting and puzzling find, certainly got me stumped.
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It could be a statue of a once famous figure. Have a look at some of these for inspiration. They do, at least, show it was a fashion to have a pointed beard.
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