Iron window grille

Roman Britain, late 3rd or 4th century AD
From Hinton St. Mary, Dorset

Ironwork grilles were commonly used in the Roman world to provide security for windows, both with and without glass. They do not often survive intact.

This example, from a villa in Dorset of the late third or fourth century AD, is the most complete one of its type known. It was found close to the room that contained the famous mosaic featuring the head of Christ.

Other Views: The grille placed in front of a photograph of a reconstruction of a contemporary interior at the Museum of London.

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Iron window grille

Iron window grille

  • Reconstruction



More information


M. Campbell, Decorative ironwork (London, V&A Publications, 1997)


Height: 55.000 cm
Width: 61.000 cm

Museum number

P&EE 1966 2-6 1



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