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Bronze shield boss


Diameter: 18.500 cm

P&EE Townley Collection

Room 49: Roman Britain

    Bronze shield boss

    Roman Britain, 2nd century AD
    Kirkham, Lancashire

    This boss is from the centre of an auxiliary shield. It is lightly engraved with a war-like scene showing Mars, the Roman warrior god, surrounded by battle trophies, eagles, winged victories and other human figures. The engraver left no space for the rivets which had to be crudely driven through the decorative scheme. Domed metal shield bosses served the dual role of deflecting weapon blows and allowing the hand-grip to be recessed.

    T.W. Potter and C. Johns, Roman Britain-2 (London, The British Museum Press, 1992)


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