LEIC-C88725: Roman Hippocampus brooch

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Unique ID: LEIC-C88725

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Roman copper alloy plate brooch, 29mm long, 25mm high and 2mm thick with a weight of 5.49grams. The brooch is in good condition with a brown patina and small areas of green corrosion. It is in the form of a Hippocampus, a horse/fish creature. The animal is facing right, has a horses head and has two front legs in a galloping position. Its underside has a large fin and its rear is made up of a 'fishtail' with a curving rounded protrusion above this on the creatures lower back. The surface is decorated with three areas of inlaid enamel, a circulur eye, a small curved rectangle near the tail and a large diamond shape with the points running to the neck, legs and towards its back. There is a raised circular area of copper alloy in the middle of this diamond. The fishtail has the remains of a loop protruding from it and the reverse has two complete lugs, 5mm x5mm, which would have held the pin and also a partially intact catchplate, 8mm long and 5mm high.

Class: Plate - Hippocampus

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 29 mm
Width: 25 mm
Thickness: 2 mm
Weight: 5.49 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 1st February 2004

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Wendy Scott
Identified by: Wendy Scott

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

County or Unitary authority: City of Leicester (Unitary Authority)
District: City of Leicester (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Humberstone and Hamilton (Unitary Authority Ward)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SK6306
Four figure Latitude: 52.64808568
Four figure longitude: -1.07025354
1:25K map: SK6306
1:10K map: SK60NW
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: LEIC
Created: 14 years ago
Updated: 3 years ago

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