SF-FE1338: Roman Zoomorphic Dog Plate Brooch

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BROOCH

Unique ID: SF-FE1338

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A cast copper-alloy Roman zoomorphic plate brooch in the form of a running dog. It is missing the pin, snout, most of the tail and much of the enamelled decoration due to old breaks. The dog has an elongated sub-triangular face with circular eye and long pointed ear that is swept backwards and has a central groove. It has a sub-triangular body with thin front leg extending forwards beneath the head and similarly thin hind leg curving downwards from the rear end of the animal. The flat, narrow tail curves upwards before terminating in old breaks. On the front face the body is decorated with two recessed enamelled fields. One larger field covers most of the body and hind quarters, preserving traces of a dark blue enamel. A smaller field covers the shoulders, neck and back of the head with possible traces of green enamel. On the back face there is an incomplete integrally cast double-pierced lug positioned at the hind of the dog that preserves the remains of a corroded and incomplete spring and pin. At the opposite end of the brooch on the back face of the head is an integral catchplate that is flat and semi-circular in form with a curved outer edge forming a pin slot. The entire brooch measures 37.90mm in length, 15.61mm in height, 1.49mm in thickness, and weighs 3.19g.

This is a Roman zoomorphic plate brooch in the form of a running dog. Similar examples are noted from Suffolk (for example SF-594625) and in Hattatt (1989: nos. 1187-1188) and indicate a 2nd century AD date for the brooch.

Class: Zoomorphic (running dog)

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 100
Date to: Circa AD 200

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 37.9 mm
Height: 15.61 mm
Thickness: 1.49 mm
Weight: 3.19 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 1st April 2010

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Andrew Brown
Identified by: Dr Andrew Brown

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Secondary material: Enamel
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Suffolk (County)
District: St. Edmundsbury (District)
To be known as: Kedington

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SF
Created: 8 years ago
Updated: 6 years ago

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