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Copper-alloy solid cast plate brooch of La Tène I or La Tène II type with iron pin. The plate consists of four arms in a cross, each arm formed from a circular bobble atop a narrowed neck. The central area reflects this bobbles by repeating the form but with more sloped sides that spread out to form the necks. The plate is hollowed out below the centre and three of the bobbles. The below the solid bobble a piece piece of flattened metal in a U-shape forms the hook catchplatecast as one with the bow plate. The hinge is located below the opposite bobble with two side lugs cast as one with the plate. These are pierced and an axial rod passed through them on which pivots the looped head of the iron pin. Dark, slightly brownish green patina with a smooth surface.
Length: 38.46 millimetres
Weight: 29.70 grammes
Thickness: 13.27 millimetres
Width: 38.53 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
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- Acquisition notes
- Lot 220 in Sotheby's sale of Monday May 22nd 1989.
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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