Romano-British Bronze Hound Brooch


A Romano-Celtic bronze plate brooch in the form of a running hound. The fibula features an elongated, narrow body, leading to a wider, squat neck. The head of the hound is also long, ending in a flattened snout. The ears, indented andf curling at the ends, point upwards. The short, tail is upturned and ends in a small point. The hound is depicted running through the use of in-turned feet. The reverse of the brooch is plain except for the original pin catch still remaining. The original pin and hinge are missing.

Date: Circa 2nd Century AD
Condition: Very fine. The original pin and hinge are missing.


SKU: AH-1101 Category: Tags: ,

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 4.7 g
Dimensions L 3.4 x H 1.8 cm





Reference: For a similar item: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, item 17.194.2390a>

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