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hearth-blower aeolipile

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Height: 270mm


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Archaeologia 13 (1807): 410, 414.Illustration (Engraving), pl. XXVII, opp. p. 410.

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Albert Way, Catalogue of Antiquities, Coins, Pictures, and Miscellaneous Curiosities, in the Possession of the Society of Antiquaries of London, 1847 (London: Society of Antiquaries of London, 1847), p. 22.

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Elizabeth Lewis, 'The Aeolipile from Basingstoke', Hampshire Field Club & Archaeological Society Newsletter 47 (2007): 4-8.

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David Gaimster, Sarah McCarthy, and Bernard Nurse, eds., Making History, Antiquaries in Britain, 1707-2007 (London: Royal Academy of Arts, 2007), p. 111, fig. 18. Illustration, p. 111.

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Volume 87 (2007) 'Jack of Hilton and the History of the Hearth-Blower' by Arthur MacGregor, FSA. (p. 281-294)

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Volume 50 (1947) 'Two Hearth-Blowers from Henley-on-Thames and Basingstoke' by R. Patterson (p. 98-101)
    Bronze cast aeolipile or hearth-blower in the form of a kneeling man. The figure is kneeling on his right knee, with his left hand resting on his left leg and his right raised to his forehead; his cheeks puffed as though blowing through his mouth (a small hole). His hair is short and tied, he wears a brooch at his neck and a belt with buckle around his waist; these details have been incised into the copper-alloy body. In similar form to two other aeolipiles from this period, the figure has been cast with a pronounced phallus. A hole at the back of the figure's neck allows access for water.
    The Medieval vessel was made to sit by the fire and emit steam.