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Roman - Enamelled Hippocampus Brooch

Antiquities - Roman


LOT 705

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GBP (£) 700 - 900
EUR (€) 790 - 1,020
USD ($) 980 - 1,260
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Sold for (Inc. premium): £863

ROMAN - ENAMELLED HIPPOCAMPUS BROOCH

2nd-3rd century AD. A rare type of zoomorphic plate brooch in the form of a hippocamp, a horse with a fish's tail; the head moulded in the round with prominent ear and deep-set circular eye, snub nose and open mouth; the mane indicated by a series of incised lines along the back of the neck; lighter texturing indicated by striations on the chest, back, stomach and tail; the forelegs of the beast modelled as if galloping, with two fins behind; a medial panel of grey-white enamel following the outline of the body, subdivided with vertical blue stripes and three pellets; a bilinear transverse collar developing into a four-part tail, the two larger elements lobed and filled with panels of grey-white enamel. 15 grams, 52 mm.

Condition
Extremely fine, complete with pin and excessively rare. Superb.

Provenance
From an old English collection.

Literature
Hattatt has no comparable hippocamp brooches, such is their rarity, but cf. the horse brooch from Norfolk similarly executed in Hattatt, Brooches of Antiquity, Oxford, 1987 item 1182 and the hippocampus brooch from Amiens, item 1205.

Footnotes
The hippocamp remained in use in southern Britain as the principal zoomorphic motif in the Late Roman / Early Saxon Quoit Brooch Style.

Date
Thursday 9th September 2010 at The Swedenborg Hall Antiquities & Coins

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