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Decorative mount

Period:
Roman Period
Description:

Bronze mount with enamelled infill, probably from cavalry harness.

 

Roman decorative pieces from clothing, horse harness and armour.

 

Copper alloy objects were often tinned or silvered. Tinning simply requires the object to be dipped in molten tin, while silvering was achieved by beating out silver foil and attaching it to the object with lead/tin solder. Tinning was used for helmets, scabbard and belt fittings, cavalry harness and even armour. Silvering was used on cavalry equipment. Dagger sheaths were sometimes decorated with silver, brass or gold inlays. From the second century AD onwards enamel inlay became popular.

 

Materials/Media:
metal, bronze
Dimensions:
length 43mm, width 56mm
Source:
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
DUMFM:1983.46.1
Digital Number:
DMAC069n
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council