Workshop II: York 2008
Report on RIB 641
(Marjon Steedman)

General description
A headless statue with a partially preserved inscription below.

The statue was found in 1874 under the city wall of York during the construction of the New [i.e. present] Railway Station. The statue is currently in the Yorkshire Museum.

The overall length is 58cm; the widest point measures 33cm; the depth is 22cm at the part bearing the inscription and the statue is 19cm deep.

Description of Statue
The head and part of the right arm, just above the elbow, of the statue are missing. The stump of the right arm has a hole in the middle, which contains some residue (possibly glue from the modern era). The left arm is slightly bent, and the hand holds a ring from which hang two keys. The ring is gripped between the fingers and the thumb. The upper torso is bare, with sculpted pecs, abs and belly button. The statue wears a fringed skirt, with a rope-style belt (some of which has been eroded) around the waist. The knees show beneath the skirt; the legs and feet are bare. Toe detail is still visible on the right foot. The head of a snake sits just above the right knee, but no detail of its face has been preserved. Next to the right leg is the shaft of an implement which may have been a spear held by the right hand. The statue has wings on both sides, which start at the top of the shoulders; the top of the right wing is missing. The bottom and lower half of the back of the statue have been roughly hewn; the top half of the back is taken up by the wings. A bowl (or small well) has been carved out between the feet, which may have been used for liquid offerings.

Text of the inscription
The inscription reads as follows:
ARIMANI V(OTUM) - possibly followed by SLMDD (solvens libens mento dono dedit)

In Line 1 the end of the "Ǝ" is worn away.
In Line 2 the "M" has a ligature making it "MA", and the "N" has a ligature making it "NI". In the last letter, only the start of the V is visible.

"Volusius Ireneaus to the god Arimanes a gift (willingly and deservedly fulfilling his vow)".


Scan of lines 1-2 of the squeeze of the inscription made by M. Steedman on
colour, transformed by a horizontal flip.

The same: black & white inverted.

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