DOR-2B47AB: Roman zoomorphic plate brooch: Bird brooch

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BROOCH

Unique ID: DOR-2B47AB

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

An incomplete copper alloy zoomorphic (duck) plate brooch of Mackreth 2011,Chapter 7, Part 3, OBJECT, Type 4.a1. The brooch is in the form of a bird (duck). The body of the bird is drop-shaped, tapering to a forked tail, with a domed upper surface and hollow underside. The upper surface of this body is decorated by two parallel lines of crescent-shaped cells along each side filled alternately with red and blue enamel. These flank a central longitudinal line of pairs of conjoined triangular cells forming lozenge metal reserves. These cells are filled with red enamel. The oval-sectioned neck extends vertically upwards from the highest point of the body, curving forwards into the head and pointed beak. Below the base of the neck is the remnant of a small catchplate. Opposite this at the tail is a pair of pierced lugs for the attachment of the missing hinged pin.
Date: Early Roman - c. 150 - 200
Dimensions: 30.87 mm x 17.88 mm x 18.91 mm
Weight: 5.99 g

A parallel for this brooch, identified as a British type, was found in excavations at Richborough, Kent, where it was dated to the late 2nd century AD, based on a consideration of other known examples (Bayley and Butcher 2004: 174 - 175, T213). Parallels on the PAS database include BH-0BA5C2, LEIC-D68282 and YORYM-732C52.

Class: Zoomorphic (duck)
Sub class: Mackreth 2011,Chapter 7, Part 3, OBJECT, Type 4.a1; Bayley and Butcher 2004: 174 - 175; Hull T213)

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: ROMAN
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: ROMAN
Subperiod to: Early
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 150
Date to: Circa AD 200

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 30.87 mm
Width: 17.88 mm
Thickness: 18.91 mm
Weight: 5.99 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Ciorstaidh Hayward Trevarthen
Identified by: Ms Ciorstaidh Hayward Trevarthen
Secondary identifier: Ms Sally Worrell

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Secondary material: Enamel
Decoration style: Zoomorphic
Completeness: Incomplete
Surface Treatment: Inlaid with enamel

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Dorset (County)
District: West Dorset (District)
To be known as: Winterborne St Martin

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

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

References cited

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Recording Institution: DOR
Created: 3 years ago
Updated: 11 days ago

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