Boudica

A wall-mounted limestone mask of Queen Boudica. Her hair is suggestive of the wild savage but with the braiding typical of north European native culture. She wears a bone crown with sharpened tines. A gold diadem of Greek origin. The heavy torc which is the preserve of the Celtic noble. And the Iceni spearheads positioned in abstract, eschewing armour and helmet of the despised Romans.

Boudica was queen of the Iceni tribe in ancient Britannia at the time of the Roman occupation. And she may well have remained an obscure figure in the historic landscape of Roman Britain, were it not for the sudden death of her husband, King Prasutagus, and the subsequent savage abuse of Boudica and her two daughters by Roman officials.

As subsequent events were to make evident, this attitude on the part of the Romans was a mistake. Boudica was no mere bearer of sword and scepter on state occasions. She was a real warrior. And not just a warrior, but the most savage and relentless force of destruction the Romans ever encountered in Britannia.  Her rebellion was eventually put down and Boudica’s fate is unknown.

limestone                               270mm x  190mm x  140mm                        2017

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