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LOT 524

Estimate
GBP (£) 600 - 900
EUR (€) 710 - 1,070
USD ($) 780 - 1,160

LATE ROMAN JEWELLED UMBONATE BROOCH
(Copper-alloy, gilded and silvered with gemstones, 27.92 grams, 45.82 mm.).

Circa 5th-6th century AD. A developed form of the umbonate plate brooch comprising an elliptical plate with central black sub-conical gemstone surrounded by four flat-bed garnets set en cloison on a flat plate with three concentric ridges; between the ridges a series of triangular stamped decorative lines; pin missing, the reverse heavily silvered.

PROVENANCE:
Recorded with the Portable Antiquities Scheme.

LITERATURE:
Cf. Hattatt, R. Brooches of Antiquity items 1064-5.

FOOTNOTES:
The standard form of umbonate brooch is a 2nd century Roman design, often conical with projecting lugs bearing inserts. The present piece is in the same tradition but with the inserts on the face of the plate.

CONDITION