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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Copper alloy shield boss, engraved with a war-like scene showing Mars surrounded by battle trophies, eagles, winged victories and other human figures.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 2ndC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 185 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Bronze shield boss

    Roman Britain, 2nd century AD
    Kirkham, Lancashire

    This boss is from the centre of an auxiliary shield. It is lightly engraved with a war-like scene showing Mars, the Roman warrior god, surrounded by battle trophies, eagles, winged victories and other human figures. The engraver left no space for the rivets which had to be crudely driven through the decorative scheme. Domed metal shield bosses served the dual role of deflecting weapon blows and allowing the hand-grip to be recessed.


  • Bibliography

    • Roman Britain 1964 p. 67, fig. 34 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G49/dc8

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number


COMPASS Title: Bronze shield boss


COMPASS Title: Bronze shield boss

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