Metal detectorists find 1,700-year-old bronze statue of Roman dog with its tongue hanging out in first find of its kind in UK
A unique Roman ‘licking dog’ never before seen in Britain has been found by two metal detector enthusiasts.
The exquisite bronze figure, which measures about 8.5-inches tall and 2-inches wide, has minutely detailed eyelashes and teeth.
The dog is sticking out its tongue and experts say it is an example of a healing statue, which may have come previously-undiscovered healing temple.
It dates from AD318 to AD450 and was found in Gloucestershire where another healing temple has already been found at Lydney.