Roman Bronze Military Phalera in the Form of a Lion’s Head, AD100-200


Product Code:RNC131

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Material: Bronze (copper alloy)

Period: Roman imperial

Date: AD 100-200

Origin: Europe

Condition: Fine. nice brown patina. remnants of attachment lug on reverse. 

Description: A cast bronze phalera in the form of a lion’s head with sharp. detailed features and mane.

Size and Weight: 32mm x 28mm. 26.07g

Features and Provenance: In private collections in London. Austria and the USA since 1970’s.

This outstanding piece of history. a phalera. was a decoration that appeared on Roman soldier’s breastplates. chariots or standards. They were made from various metals and would indicate rank but were given for military award much as a medal would be today. Normally used in parades to show prowess. they were also awarded to military units and then they were displayed on the standard.

Condition Summary. This varies with the age of the artefact and there are grades between

Extremely Fine (EF). Very slight traces of wear. all parts of pattern etc present. visible and clear

Very Fine (VF). Some signs of wear on the higher parts of the relief. all parts of pattern etc present. but may be worn

Fine (F). Wear on the artefact and parts of item and pattern etc may be missing or not visible


Additional information

Weight50 g


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