AUD $160.00

Roman Bronze Buckle Pendant

This carved bronze Roman belt fitting, rather resembling an Owl, both in silhouette and detail (it may not be a coincidence) was found in Eastern Europe, then taken to Indonesia where we have had it handset into a Sterling Silver Pendant for us.

This part of a belt dates from somewhere in the 1st Century Ad on through to the 4th Century AD spanning the era of the Emperors. (It may just as easily though be Celtic and dropped along the way.)

Cast in one piece it was attached to the (leather ?) by two small pierced, raised "arches" (one of which broke off long, long ago) but these are at the back and therefore only of historic interest, as they aren't visible and don't affect its contemporary wear.

We've deliberately left the back open to reveal the reverse of this piece, in an attempt to make our silverwork as unobtrusive as possible.

I rather like the simple silver 3 mm wide suspension ring (having a 4 mm opening which will comfortably take a chain, cord or choker) and is edged in a simple wrap of plain silver that complements the darkness of the pitted bronze surface.

An occasional careful polish with a dry "Silver Polishing Cloth" will bring up the shine on the silver, when it needs it.

But be careful not to scratch or polish the bronze as you would only be removing the patina of age.

There are a few very small moments on the surface, where on the raised design, there are minor glimpses of the shiny bronze beneath the patina, they aren't a big deal, but avoid polishing and increasing them, as by then they might be.

 

Age: Contemporary

Size: H 33 mm x W 25 mm

Weight:11 grams