Romano-British 'Reclining Leopard' Enamelled Animal Brooch 023095

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.

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