Ancient Roman Animal Brooches for Sale

Brooches were worn by the native British people before the Roman invasion. This means that brooches of the Roman period in Britain show a mixture of both British and Classical styles. Brooches were not just for decoration. They also had a practical use of securing clothing, in particular cloaks and tunics, and worked in a similar way to modern day safety pins. This meant that brooches were worn by both male and female as both sexes would have needed to secure their clothes. Popular animal shapes included birds, hares, hounds, horses and fish. Many of these animals are thought to have had symbolic importance during the Roman period.

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Romano-British 'Reclining Leopard' Enamelled Animal Brooch 023095

Romano-British 'Reclining Leopard' Enamelled Animal Brooch
Copper-alloy, 11.05 grams, 38.60 mm. 2nd century AD. A cast copper-alloy plate brooch depicting a reclining leopard, the head and neck modelled in the round and the body and legs in the half-round. The animal is formed with a bulbous head, slanted muzzle and drilled eyes; the ears are set high and one foreleg is extended to a rounded paw. At the rear, the tail is thin, tapering and curled; the hind leg was lost in antiquity. The flanks are decorated with two rows of roundels filled with red enamel, and a third row between filled with blue-white. The stomach area is modelled with three triangular projections for the teats of a nursing female. To the reverse, the pin-lugs are intact and the catchplate's attachment point can be seen. Reference: Hattatt, R. Brooches of Antiquity, Oxford, 1987 item 1196. Very fine condition. Provenance: found near Thetford, Norfolk, UK.
£275.00

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Romano-British 'Reclining Leopard' Enamelled Animal Brooch 023095
Roman 'Stag' Plate Brooch 024855

Roman 'Stag' Plate Brooch
Copper-alloy, 5.56 grams, 29.78 mm. Circa 2nd century AD. A cast copper-alloy plate brooch in the form of a bounding stag with four stripes to the flank, subtriangular head and prominent antlers; two drilled recesses to the rump and shoulder to accept enamel infill. Lines of punched chevron detailing are placed around the neck and legs. To the reverse, the catchplate and pin-lugs are present. Reference: Hattatt, R. Ancient and Romano-British Brooches, Oxford, 1982, item 166. Very fine condition. Provenance: from an important London collection.
£225.00

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Roman 'Stag' Plate Brooch 024855


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