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Latitude: 53.0317 / 53°1'54"N
Longitude: -3.237 / 3°14'13"W
OS Eastings: 317138
OS Northings: 348989
OS Grid: SJ171489
Mapcode National: GBR 6W.F05M
Mapcode Global: WH77X.72S3
Entry Name: Statue of a Roman in walled garden at Plas-yn-Iâl
Listing Date: 24 April 2001
Last Amended: 24 April 2001
Source ID: 25069
Building Class: Gardens, Parks and Urban Spaces
Location: In walled garden lying to the west of Plas-yn-Iâl farm buildings.
Traditional County: Denbighshire
Probably C17, suggesting the work of a sculptor whose familiarity with Classical art and military costume was limited. It is clearly a pair with the 'barbarian' and the two probably served originally as ornaments on either side of the approach to the house. They now stand in or near the remains of the walled garden.
A slightly above life-size stone statue of a Roman soldier, standing on an octagonal base of two steps. He is identified as such by his tunic, sheild and helmet, but has shoulder-length hair and a moustache; he wears a helmet with shapeless plume. Instead of armour he wears a loosly attached toga, much of which is on the ground. Half covered by the toga is his shield, on which he is half sitting. The shield is decorated with a low-relief lion's head and mane.
The arms were separately carved and fixed with iron dowels, but both have become detached.
A very unusual sculptural ornament listed also for group value with Plas-yn-Iâl house.
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