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Silver hairpin with hand

 

Length: 12.300 cm

P&EE 1934 12-10 21

Room 49: Roman Britain

    Silver hairpin with hand

    Roman Britain, 2nd century AD
    From London

    Good fortune

    The terminal of this silver hairpin is shaped as a hand holding a small fruit, probably intended to represent a pomegranate, which had connotations of fertility and good fortune.

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

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