Roman Silver Horse Brooch


A fine Roman silver brooch featuring a trotting horse on a continental ground line. The animal’s anatomy is clearly moulded displaying its head, mane, tail and the legs are slightly bent depicting movement. Gold gilding can still be seen on the mane and back leg. The reverse is unadorned and displays the catch plate however, the hinged pin is now missing.

Date: Circa 1st-3rd century AD
Provenance: Ex Cambridgeshire private collection, 1990's-2000's.
Condition: Fine condition, some encrustation to the surface.


SKU: LD-443 Category: Tags: ,

In the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome, fibulae (or brooches) were originally used for fastening garments. They came in a variety of shapes, but all were based on the safety pin principle. Roman conquests spread the use of the fibula, which became the basis for more complicated brooches. Horses with or without riders were a common mammal brooch. Non-enamelled horse brooches were a native British production. Although they are fewer in number compared to the horse and rider, the mammal is still, for the majority, shown in action. Whether that be galloping or grazing.

To find out more about different metal decorative techniques, including gilding, please see our relevant blog post: Decorative Metalwork Techniques

Weight 4 g
Dimensions L 2.9 x H 1.7 cm




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