Roman Silver Hound Brooch


A Roman silver plate brooch in the form of a hound on a continental ground line. The hound is crouched over, featuring an arched, narrow body, with its head slightly lowered and its ears pricked up. The anatomical features have been rendered naturalistically with emphasis to the lower belly. Traces of gold gilding can be faintly seen on both legs and the ear. The large original catch plate and hinged pin are intact with the pin now fixed in place.

Date: Circa 1st-2nd Century AD
Provenance: Ex Cambridgeshire private collection, 1990's-2000's.
Condition: Excellent condition, well polished. Pin and hinge still intact.


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Small brooches like this one, often in stylised animal forms, were worn by both Roman soldiers and subjects across the empire. They served both a decorative and practical function, being used to fasten articles of clothing, particularly cloaks. Archaeological evidence suggests that the centres of Roman brooch production were in the provinces of Britannia and Gaul. The hound was a popular symbol for the Romano-Celtic culture and it was thought that Roman soldiers when stationed in the British providences would wear these type of hound pins.

For more information on Roman animal symbolism, please see our blog post: Animal Symbolism in Roman Art.

Weight 5.2 g
Dimensions L 2.7 x W 1.6 x H 1.5 cm