Roman Bronze Enamelled Zoomorphic Brooch


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Object Description

A finely cast Roman bronze brooch which has been shaped into a stylised, swimming duck. It features a flat, fan-shaped body with a raised, slender neck and tapering head. A flat triangular tail and a chain loop have been added to the end. The body presents three cells decorated with enamelling: the middle cell is filled with vibrant orange enamel whilst the cells on either side display alternating turquoise and green enamel. The tail is enriched with two triangular cells of green enamel. There is a hinge on the reverse, holding the original pin, and a triangular catch plate.

Date: Circa 2nd century AD

Object History

Ex Cambridge collection, ex Gorny & Mosch Sale 231, 17th June 2015, lot 272 (part), ex Slg. D.K., acquired circa 1980s.

Object Condition

Fine condition with patination to the surface. Some loss of enamel. Loop at the tail chipped. Hinge and pin still intact.

Object Details

  • dimensions
    W:1.8 x H:1.5 x D:3.8 centimeters

Dealer Opening Times

By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44 (0)208 364 4565
+44 (0)7833231322

Dealer Location

The Gallery
Trent Park Equestrian Centre
Eastpole Farm House, Bramley Road
Oakwood, N14 4UW, United Kingdom

St James's Ancient Art
10 Charles II Street, Ground Floor
St James

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