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Copper-alloy La Tène I bow brooch, incomplete. Pin, spring and part of foot missing. High arched bow, circular in section towards head end but unusual sub-rectangular cross-section twards foot. The top of the bow is decorated with moulded parallel short slanted indents on along both edges: towards the head end these are angled with top of the indent closest to the head, this changes half way along the bow with the top of the indent angled towards the foot. This creates an almost ribbed effect on the bow. The wide deep catchplate survives appears once to have been much longer now being broken at the end. Head forms start of a coil of the probable spring. Dark slightly brownish green patina.
Height: 14.77 millimetres (height from base of foot to top of bow)
Length: 26.06 millimetres
Weight: 1.30 grammes
Thickness: 2.59 millimetres (bow thickness)
Width: 1.64 millimetres (bow width)
- 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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