Roman gilded copper alloy crossbow brooch
4 0 c m
actual image size: 21cm x 32cm

Roman gilded copper alloy crossbow brooch

© Museum of London

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Crossbow brooch, gilded copper alloy. Fire and mercury gilding was a technique known to the Romans. Although corroded and much damaged, this fine example was recovered from the grave of a high-ranking official in late Roman London. The 'onion'-shaped knobs, the long foot in relation to the bow and the filigree decoration down each side of the brooch's foot suggests a late-4th or early-5th century date.


300 AD - 400 AD

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