- Museum number
Copper alloy bow brooch with coral inlay. The bow is ornamented with four bosses, two large (of different sizes) flanked by two small. The element, a flat circular disc with a projection at each end, is a separate piece, attached to a relatively short foot (9 mm overlap) by a rivet with a large head on the underside, and pinned to the first boss on the bow. It is decorated with seven pieces of coral, attached by copper alloy pins; the central pin is missing, and the surface of the surviving coral is damaged and now lower than the four pieces around it. Eight-coiled spring with external chord (half of the chord is now lost).
- Production date
- 450 BC - 320 BC (circa)
Height: 22.70 millimetres
Length: 72.50 millimetres
Weight: 35 grammes
Width: 21.90 millimetres (foot knob)
Width: 28.10 millimetres (spring)
- Curator's comments
- Stead and Rigby 1999
Context: La Tène I brooches
9. Coral-ornamented bow brooches.
Bibliography: Morel, L., 1898, ‘La Champagne souterraine’ Reims, pl. 27, fig. 3; Smith, R.A., 1925, ‘A guide to the antiquities of the Early Iron Age’ (second edition), London, 68, fig. 62. This is the nearest approach in the Morel Collection to a 'Münsingen' brooch, cf. Hodson, F.R., 1968, ‘The La Tène cemetery at Müsingen-Rain’ (Acta Bernensia, 5) Bern, grave 130, nos 549 and 550, pl. 53.
- On display (G50/dc13)
- Exhibition history
1980, London, BM, Celtic Antiquities from Gaul
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number