Roman bronze & enamel brooch of a Lamprey

Roman bronze & enamel brooch of a Lamprey

Code: 12549

£180.00 Approx $227.85, €210.04
 

This is an ancient Roman bronze zoomorphic brooch dating to the 2nd century AD. It is decorated with blue enamel cells and represents a Lamprey fish. During the Augustan era, Publius Vedius Pollio was infamous for executing his slaves by feeding them into a pool of Lampreys! This brooch is missing the pin; it may have been converted into a pendant in antiquity. It is rare, as this is the first example of the type I have ever seen!

OBJECT: Brooch

CULTURE: Roman

DATE: c. 2nd century A.D.

MATERIAL: Bronze

SIZE: 22mm x 24mm x 2mm

WEIGHT: 3.1 grams

PROVENANCE: Ex. Private Collection London, originally a detector find from Cirencester