Bronze shield boss


British Museum

British Museum
London, United Kingdom

This boss is from the centre of an auxiliary shield. It is lightly engraved with a war-like scene showing Mars, the Roman warrior god, surrounded by battle trophies, eagles, winged victories and other human figures. The engraver left no space for the rivets which had to be crudely driven through the decorative scheme. Domed metal shield bosses served the dual role of deflecting weapon blows and allowing the hand-grip to be recessed.

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  • Title: Bronze shield boss
  • Date Created: 100/199
  • Physical Dimensions: Diameter: 185.00mm
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Technique: engraved
  • Subject: classical deity; mythical figure/creature; war; bird
  • Registration number: 1814,0705.36
  • Place: Excavated/Findspot Kirkham
  • Period/culture: Romano-British
  • Material: copper alloy
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Purchased from Towneley, Peregrine Edward