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Found on a region of Hadrianís Wall, this small votive tablet presents three figures, nearly identical, in high relief.  Posed frontally, the figures stand against a flat background on a thick ledge.  The top edge of the tablet has been broken off in such a way that it has preserved the tip of the hood of each figure, but the stone is worn away in between.  Thus, the top edge consists of three peaks at the top of the head of each figure.   The cucullati wear cloaks that end at the hip so that almost all of the legs are shown.  The legs, dressed in tight stockings or nude, are shaped by relatively natural musculature. It is difficult to determine the nature of their shoes.  The short cloaks are  very flat across the chests of the figures and lack detail.  The cloak hides the left arms of the figures, but the right arms are exposed from the shoulder from a slit in the cloak.  In their right hands, the gods each hold an identical object.   The object is commonly believed to be a symbol of fertility, but the actual identity of the object is disputed.  Toynbee believes the oblong object is an egg, a common symbol of life, immortality, and fertility.  Heichelheim suggests the possibility that the objects are egg-shaped stones or pieces of lead or fruit, although he states that the right hand of the left-hand figure is missing, while in this image it is clearly not.  Despite the weathered state of the carving, enough of the facial features of the figures that peak from circular openings in their pointed hoods to indicate they are of standard Celtic form.  The eyes are almond shaped and the noses are rectangular.  Toynbee considers the carving to be of local manufacture, but the dedicator is unknown.  

Bruce, 1874, pg. 403, no. 786  
AA, 1892, p. 337. no. 47, fig. 1  
Country Life p. 144, fig. 10  
Toynbee, 1957, pl. 63, fig. 1  

 
Netherby Genii Cucullati  
Netherby (Castra Exploratorum),  Cumberland  
date unknown  
Local Pinkish-grey sandstone  
17.7 cm x 18.8 cm  
Netherby Hall, Cumberland  
 

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