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Roman - Gold Crossbow Brooch

Antiquities - Roman


LOT 669

Estimate
GBP (£) 1,200 - 1,800
EUR (€) 1,360 - 2,040
USD ($) 1,680 - 2,520
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Sold for (Inc. premium): £1,265

ROMAN - GOLD CROSSBOW BROOCH

3rd-4th century AD. The brooch consists of a round-section cross-bar with discoid terminals and small third knob; on each arma triangle of hoops; the deeply-arched hexagonal-section bow extending to a narrow D-shaped finial section connecting to the rectangular footplate, with a sheet catchplate for the pin; the upper face of the footplate is decorated with a central reserved panel bearing a continuous recurved filigree wire with a granule in each curve; the design mirrored along the apex of the bow; on the flanking facets a line of punched dot decoration. 5.28 grams, 40 mm.

Condition
Extremely fine, wearable.

Provenance
From an old English collection, found Continental Europe.

Literature
Hattatt, R. Iron Age and Roman Brooches. A second selection of brooches from the author's collection, Oxford, 1985 items 504, 505 and Hauck, K., Keller, H., and Staubach, N. Iconologia sacra: Mythos, Bildkunst und Dichtung in der Religions- und Sozialgeschichte Alteuropas : Festschrift für Karl Hauck zum 75. Geburtstag (Arbeiten zur Frühmittelalterforschung), Amsterdam, 1994.

Footnotes
Crossbow brooches were the standard form of display fastening of the Roman Empire from the mid-3rd century onwards, developing from small, light types to heavier ones with larger knobs.

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

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