Roman Britain, 1st or 2nd century AD
The 'dragonesque' form of this brooch is typically Romano-British: first appearing after the start of the Roman conquest of southern England in AD 43, but embodying native artistic taste.
Dragonesque brooches were not only decorative objects, but also functional fasteners - a strongly-curved pin (missing on this example) would have held a thick fold of cloth.
Length: 7 cm
P&EE POA 201
Room 49, Roman Britain, case 11, no. 12
C. Johns, The jewellery of Roman Britain: Celtic and classical traditions (London, UCL Press, 1996), p. 152, fig. 7.2
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Pair of dragonesque brooches