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Gold buckle from the Thetford treasure

British Museum

British Museum

This gold belt buckle is part of a remarkable hoard of late-Roman gold jewellery and silver tableware found near Thetford, Norfolk, in 1979. The figure on the plate is a dancing satyr holding a bunch of grapes. Two horses' heads form the loop or bow. The buckle is one of a number of explicitly pagan items in the treasure, which was buried around AD 390, by which time the Roman Empire was officially Christian.

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  • Title: Gold buckle from the Thetford treasure
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 52.00mm
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Subject: satyr; mammal
  • Registration number: 1981,0201.1
  • Place: Excavated/Findspot Gallows Hill
  • Period/culture: Romano-British
  • Material: gold
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Treasure Trove HM Treasury

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