Plate Brooch, Lozenge Shape with Lugs, c. 2nd Cent. AD, OMG!
Copper alloy; 31mm/9.7gm
Con/ Missing pin and central enamel-inlays, otherwise, As Cast and Fabricated; green patina, cleaned and waxed for preservation of the enameling.
Description & Construction; Originally cast with eight peripheral lugs, pin holder and attachment, with a square raised bed to hold the enameling. The lugs were then hand engraved with a circle-and-dot pattern with further engraving about the square bed. Once done, the previously constructed six smaller panels/squares, in a checker-board pattern, colored with blue, black, beige and white enamel-inlays in millefiori technique were then glued into place to complete the ensemble. In hand, the greenish glue can be easily seen.
Ref/ Hattatt 144 - Note in the line drawn photo that his is missing nearly all of the enameling and that his does not have a spring for the pin. Compression type - no spring needed!
Seller's Note/ The Roman lady who wore this beautiful brooch back in the 2nd Century was at the very height of fashion. Even with the missing central millefiori enameling, this a very rare brooch in spectacular condition, kids!