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Dragonesque brooch

 

Length: 7.000 cm

P&EE POA 201

Room 49: Roman Britain

    Dragonesque brooch

    Roman Britain, 1st or 2nd century AD

    The 'dragonesque' form of this brooch is typically Romano-British: first appearing after the start of the Roman conquest of southern England in AD 43, but embodying native artistic taste.

    Dragonesque brooches were not only decorative objects, but also functional fasteners - a strongly-curved pin (missing on this example) would have held a thick fold of cloth.

    C. Johns, The jewellery of Roman Britain (London, UCL Press, 1996)

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