A complete Ancient Roman cast bronze military horse harness mount, known in Latin as phalera, featuring a circular shape, and a central openwork panel of curvilinear design, reminiscent of Celtic La Tène style. The pattern is centred around a small central disc and is framed within a thick outer border.
Date: Late 1st-3rd century AD Condition: Extremely fine, complete and intact with nice green patina.
The phalera was a decorative disc, used either to adorn the breastplate of soldiers or the harness of horses. Such mounts were often impressively embellished, serving as a status symbol and mark of military achievement. The horse harnesses, to which these phalerae were attached, were made of organic materials, such as leather, and therefore easily perishable.
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