Roman cavalry harness pendant

 
Roman cavalry harness pendant
4 0 c m
 
30cm
actual image size: 21cm x 32cm

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Roman cavalry harness pendant. Copper-alloy 'trifid' pendant, apparently silvered (rather than tinned) and originally decorated with niello inlay. Little niello remains, but the incisions made to receive it can still be traced in most places as a break in the silvering. The pendant has the standard acorn terminals and central oak leaf, as well as a central lobe beneath the suspension neck. Unusually, there are additional lobes in the form of openwork decoration on either side of the suspension neck. The neck is pierced by a hole for suspension from a phalera. It is slightly hollow on the rear face, with four notches on the neck, evidently for matching the pendant to its phalera.

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