Find Spot record MDR2447 - Stone figurine, Woodhead Tunnel, Tintwistle

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A throned male figure minus head, hands and legs, was reputedly found near the entrance to the Woodhead tunnel according to the finder, who donated the head to the Manchester Museum Collection in 1986. The male figure's sexual potency is illustrated. On the reverse are three simple and small Celtic heads. The number 3 (three heads) conveys additional magical potency. There is possible hatching on the sides of the throne. Approximate findspot SK113999(?). For parallels, see sources 2 and 3. (1)

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Bibliographic reference: Petch, M. 1989. A List of Celtic Heads and Associated Sculpture in Derbyshire. p1, no. 2.
  • <2> Bibliographic reference: Green, M. 1986. The Gods of the Celts. pp 72-102, p 138, plates 35, 37.
  • <3> Bibliographic reference: Ross, A. 1967. Pagan Celtic Britain.



Grid reference SK 113 999 (point) (Centre)

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Nov 22 2017 4:53PM

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