LVPL-A40A40: Roman pendant

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Unique ID: LVPL-A40A40

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Silver pendant, ovoid, with a circular attachment loop at the top. The reverse has five circular perforations arranged in the form of a cross. The pendant is set with an orange carnelian intaglio; it depicts a fallen soldier wearing a gladiatorial helmet, facing to the right; he holds a shield towards a large feline, probably a panther, which is rearing up at him.

Comment: For a parallel, cf P.Zazoff (ed), Antike Gemmen in Deutschen Sammlungen.IV Hannover, Kestner-Museum (Wiesbaden 1975), p.203 and Taf.136 no.1015 (Martin Henig, pers. comm.)

Date: the gem probably dates to the first century BC, but the setting is likely to be rather later, late Roman or early Medieval.

L.: 18.1mm W.: 11.0mm Thickness: 2.4mm Wt.: 1.10g

Note: this item is more than 300 years old and composed of more than 10% precious metal so qualifies as treasure as stipulated in the Treasure Act 1996.

Dr Richard Hobbs

Weston Curator of Roman Britain, Britain, Europe & Prehistory, The British Museum

3rd June 2016

Evidence of reuse: Late Roman or early Medieval silver setting

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Grosvenor Museum
Subsequent action after recording: Acquired by museum after being declared Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2015T800


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa 100 BC
Date to: Circa AD 100
Period of reuse: EARLY MEDIEVAL

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 18 mm
Width: 10.5 mm
Thickness: 5 mm
Weight: 1.1 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 6th September 2015 - Tuesday 6th October 2015

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Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2015T800

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Secondary material: Gem
Manufacture method: Cast
Decoration style: Figurative
Completeness: Complete
Surface Treatment: Incised or engraved or chased

Spatial metadata

Region: North West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Cheshire West and Chester (Unitary Authority)
District: Cheshire West and Chester (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Farndon

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Current location: Grosvenor Museum
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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