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 This fragment of a clay figurine was discovered in several  pieces among the remains of a trash pit exposed by the sea in a cliff face, just west of the Roman fort at Reculver (Jenkins 86).  The figure stands in a frontal pose, has short legs, and a broad trunk-like body.  Some of the white slip that dressed the figure remains.  Cloaked in a cucullus and clutching a scroll of parchment in each hand, the figure resembles in form and material the series of hooded dwarves discovered in the Rhine-Moselle area of Germany.  In identifying the subject, it must be noted that parchment scrolls and a cucullus are attributes of the god Telesphorus as well as genius cucullatus.  Jenkins resolves the figure to be a genius cucullatus because the figurine is of native origin, which precludes identification as the Greco-Roman Telesphorus(87).  While Jenkins' reasoning may not be the most sound, if the figure was, indeed, imported from the Rhine-Moselle region, a better argument may be found among the evidence in that region for relating the Reculver figure to a cult other than that of Telesphorus.   The discovery of this piece in England marks a unique departure from the local stone reliefs and triads of cucullati  of other finds on the island.  

Jenkins, p. 89, fig. I  
Toynbee, 1957, Pl. 63, fig. 4  
 

 
Fragment of a genius cucullatus  
Reculver (Regulbium), Kent  
late 2nd c. BC  
clay, coated with white slip  
13.5 cm (original state)  
Royal Museum,, Canterbury (No. 1952/10) 

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