Shield bosses were placed at the centre of round shields and were originally intended to deflect the blows to the shield. They become more elaborate over time and eventually become more of a decorative feature. Such shields have been largely recovered from European Bronze Age graves. Burial customs and grave goods were of great importance across Bronze Age Europe. It is in graves that many of the most impressive and interesting Bronze Age items have been found, as the Bronze Age saw a rise in individual graves which they filled with precious items.
Exceptional European Bronze Age Shield Boss
An exceptional European Bronze Age scutiform shield boss cast from bronze featuring a central dome pierced in the middle, used to secure the piece to a shield. Beautiful green and blue patination covers the surface, the reverse is unadorned with a concave centre.
Condition: Good condition, green and blue patination covers the surface.