Roman Lead Plaque With A Scene


An ancient Roman tinned lead plaque with suspension holes in the corners. The lead plaque features a scene with three male figures: one is standing, and wears what could be a military cuirass or long tunic. He is dragging the second figure, who is barely discernible, whilst the third figure watches over, holding either a hammer or a standard, and seeming also to be wearing military uniform.

Date: Circa 2nd century AD
Condition: Very good condition. Lower part broken off, please refer to pictures for details.


Lead plaques were often used for votive purposes, though this one seems to be of military subject. The lead sheet is likely to be a ornament made by repoussé technique, whereby the sheet metal is hammered into a die with decorative scene cut into the reverse.

Weight 23 g
Dimensions L 3.2 x W 5.2 cm



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