In the Roman world, lions were mainly associated with Hercules, as he famously encountered the Nemean Lion as one of his Twelve Labours. Lions thus became a popular motif in the Roman army for their association with strength and fierceness. The lion was also associated with the sphere of the Roman games, either as a form of execution for criminals, or as a blood sport amongst the lower classes (mainly slaves).
Roman Bronze Attachment
A Roman bronze attachment with lion protome in the centre. The the upper side is barbed with grooves, probably used for a latch, whereas the reverse side is unworked.
Condition: Very good condition.