Bronze objects were ubiquitous across the ancient Roman world, but prominent particularly in a military context. The Roman army used a variety of bronze belts and harness equipment for both practical and decorative purposes. This bronze sheet is likely to have functioned as a belt cover, and made with the repoussé technique – hammering the sheet metal into a die, and cutting a decorative scene into its reverse.
Bronze Figural Plaque
A repoussé bronze plaque with ribbed borders. A bearded male is depicted in three-quarter view with fleshy cheeks; he wears a toga and a wreath of leaves and flowers. The plaque is pierced near the corners for attachment.
Provenance: Acquired on the London art market in the late 1990s.
Condition: Excellent. Some deterioration to edges, otherwise fine condition. Rare.