A unique Roman statue never before seen in Britain has arrived at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery after it was found by two metal detectorists.
The ‘licking dog’ figure dates back to AD318 to AD450 and has been brought to the museum in Queens Road after it was uncovered in Gloucestershire.
The bronze figure, some 21.4cm (8.5ins) tall and 5cm (2ins) wide, has detailed eyelashes and teeth.
It has holes drilled in its front paws to fix it to a base and is decorated with oval patterns.
The find is a first in British history, according to archaeologists, as a sculpture of a “licking” dog has never been found before in Britain.
It is one of 30 bronze pieces uncovered together. The artefacts are of such significance that they need to be kept under special conditions for insurance reasons, and are currently being photographed and catalogued at the museum for an online database.