Gold buckle from the Thetford treasure

Roman Britain, 4th century AD
From Thetford, Norfolk

A dancing satyr

This gold belt buckle is part of a remarkable hoard of late-Roman gold jewellery and silver tableware found near Thetford, Norfolk, in 1979.

The figure on the plate is a dancing satyr holding a bunch of grapes. Two horses' heads form the loop or bow. The buckle is one of a number of explicitly pagan items in the treasure, which was buried around AD 390, by which time the Roman Empire was officially Christian.

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C.M. Johns and T. Potter, The Thetford Treasure: Roman j (London, The British Museum Press, 1983)


Height: 5.200 cm

Museum number

P&EE 1981 2-1 1


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