Roman Bronze Disc With Millefiori Decoration

£ 300.00

A cast bronze discoid appliqué with a stud to the rear. The front is decorated with concentric rings filled with bands of polychrome mosaic glass inserts, forming a millefiori pattern.

Date: Circa 2nd-3rd century AD
Provenance: From an important London collection, acquired in the 1970s.
Condition: Fine with some signs of ageing and earthly encrustations on the surface.


Enamelling was a popular decorative technique in the ancient Roman Empire during the first to third century AD. It was used to embellish small, bronze, ornamental objects such as brooches, rings, and studs. Enamelling was popular especially in the region of Britain for the Celtic motifs, and in Gaul for the millefiori decorations.

Dimensions W 5 cm




Reference: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, accession number 2002.483.2.

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