Art 204 project: Items of the Everyday Briton

In a south-western Scottish bog, wrapped carefully in cloth and placed with the rest of a hoard, is a bronze mirror; this is an unusual geographical location considering most bronze mirrors are found in southern Britain. The mirror itself was used for grooming purposes and is decorated in a double sided scroll pattern. Though a simple design to modern eyes, this pattern would have increased the value of the piece and probably limited the amount of people who could afford this mirror, making it a show of wealth and status.
Bronze armlets, like the Pitalpin Armlet, were common during the Iron Age and were worn by both men and women. These armlets were used to show regional status and rank, and were decorated in the regional style and design. The Pitalpin Armlet is decorated with an abstract animal design including the muzzle, ears and ears of an unknown animal and, due to its size, worn by a woman.
Throughout the Ancient world many items had dual purposes. For example, many pins and brooches were not used just for decoration; their main purpose was to keep clothes on the body, while showing the status of its wearer. They would have been decorated based on region and could vary in material and design. In the case of the Applied Hook Brooch, though it is made of bronze (a common material) you can see evidence of gold being applied to the piece, which makes it more likely that it was worn by an individual who wanted an eyecatching piece.
Found by laborers, these copper alloy boars were part of a hoard in Hounslow. The figures were not meant to be free-standing, but instead part of larger piece. Unfortunately there is no artifact within the hoard that shows that the boars were once connected. However, figures such as these were often attached to helmets or part of a much larger piece.
The spoons date to the late Iron-Age, and were most likely used for divining (fortune-telling). The handles of the spoons are ornately decorated, with one featuring a quartered design that may have been used during the divining process and seems to be inlaid with different metals, including gold and a tin metal alloy. Based on the structure of the other spoon it seems that a liquid was placed in the spoon and allowed to drip onto the quartered spoon, thus divining the visitor's future.
This weaving comb was one of many found at an Iron Age site in Meare. Made of bone or antler these weaving combs were used to work with wool in order to make clothing and other woolen items. The weaving combs were commonly decorated by incising the material with geometric patterns, though these patterns vary from region to region.
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