PUBLIC-A55BFB: Roman enamelled plate brooch with zoomorphic decoration

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An incomplete Roman copper alloy plate brooch. A symmetrical continental plate brooch with zoomorphic decoration dating to the 1st to 2nd Century AD . There are faint traces of red enamel remaining. The brooch is cruciform in shape with a large central sub- circular plate. The plate is framed by a raised reserve of metal along both edges, creating a recess for enamel and has a central circular aperture.There are two opposing zoomorphic heads with recesses in the eyes and two opposing two circular projections also recessed for enamel.At the rear of the brooch behind the opposing zoomorphic heads are two pierced lugs for the pin attachment and a hooked catchplate.The lugs would have housed the axis bar for a missing hinged pin mechanism.
Date: Roman - AD 1st to 2nd century
Dimensions: 46.09 mm x 30.34 mm x 5.97 mm
Weight: 4.85 g

A similar brooch is recorded on the website, under FIB-41309.

Class: plate

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 50
Date to: Circa AD 200

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 46.09 mm
Width: 30.34 mm
Thickness: 5.97 mm
Weight: 48.25 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr John Slade
Identified by: Mr John Slade

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Secondary material: Enamel
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete
Surface Treatment: Inlaid with enamel

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Dorset (County)
District: North Dorset (District)
To be known as: Tarrant Launceston

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

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