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Celtic Iron Age Enamelled Tankard Handle

Antiquities - Celtic Iron Age


LOT 729

Estimate
GBP (£) 4,000 - 6,000
EUR (€) 4,520 - 6,780
USD ($) 5,550 - 8,330
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Sold for (Inc. premium): £6,440

CELTIC IRON AGE ENAMELLED TANKARD HANDLE

Circa 1st century AD. A cast bronze tankard handle comprising: at each end a discoid plate with circular void and raised panel developing to an arched band formed as two openwork discs with an s-shaped panel between; the plates and central panel set with red enamel bosses; pierced at the junction of plate and handle for attachment. Copper-alloy and enamel, 80 grams, 14 cm.

Condition
Good very fine condition.

Provenance
Found Warminster, Wiltshire, England. Reported to the Wiltshire Finds Liason Officer.

Literature
See Savory, H.N. Guide Catalogue of the Early Iron Age Collections.

Footnotes
Similar to a number of handles in the Seven Sisters Hoard, found in South Wales and connected by some historians to the Roman invasion in the mid-1st century AD and to the handle on the Trawsfynydd Tankard. The style is a highly developed form of La Tène in which sinuous curves and raised bosses and fins combine to form graceful loops with hidden animal faces within the complexities of the design.
The use of red enamel is found in British contexts only in the immediate pre-Roman period, as on the Battersea shield.

Date
Friday 18th March 2011 at The Swedenborg Hall Antiquities & Coins

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