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Copper-alloy La Tène I bow brooch, incomplete. Pin and two of spring coils are missing broken off at end of chord. Bilateral, originally, four-coil spring with external chord. Arched bow has a rounded square profile owing to bends at shoulder and knee of bow. Foot reverted horizontal and below height of bow. Toe end is a cupped thin circular disc, with a rough inner surface suggesting the loss of some form of inlay. No other decoration. Dark slightly brownish patina.
Length: 43.48 millimetres
Weight: 3.90 grammes
Thickness: 3.14 millimetres
Width: 6.79 millimetres
- Curator's comments
Part of a large hoard of copper-alloy artefacts dating from the Bronze and Iron Ages. Discovered by a metal detectorist, possibly at Batheaston, and dispersed for sale. It is thought that all of the artefacts are from a single, hoard dating to the Iron Age period.
Conventionally known as the Batheaston hoard, research by Ian Stead suggests that the findspot for this material is in South Wiltshire, probably in the vicinity of Wyelye, although other locations have also been suggested. (See I. M. Stead, 1998, The Salisbury Hoard, pp.121-22).
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Lot 220 in Sotheby's sale of Monday May 22nd 1989.
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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