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Anchor stock

<p>Lead anchor stock decorated with symbolic motifs, lead, 9 &times; 66 &times; 10.5&nbsp;cm.</p>

Lead anchor stock decorated with symbolic motifs, lead, 9 × 66 × 10.5 cm.

Lead anchor stock discovered some 1,500 m from the coast at a depth of 23 m off the coast at Creixell (Tarragonès).

Some stocks were decorated with symbolic motifs (apothropaic signs, manufacturer’s or shipbuilder’s seals, augural magic formulae), often associated with good fortune. Such is the case of this anchor stock, decorated with a number of bas-relief figures: a dolphin, a talus, a divinity and a caduceus, symbols of navigation, fortune and trade.

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