Twelve and half centimetres high he stands, found in 2011 and recently restored this beautiful enamelled Roman cockerel is second century AD. But it is the circumstances he was found just outside Cirencester in a Roman cemetery. Placed next to the head of a two year child, the love of the parents stand out, and also the laughter of the child as he sees this elegant, arrogant cockerel, not quite a toy but a thing to look on and marvel. Even now after all those centuries ago we can capture the sadness but also the happiness of a child accompanied into the otherworld with his favourite plaything.
Cirencester Roman Cockerel 'best find' in forty years.