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Shield Grip

late 4th century
Gallo-Roman (found in Vermand, France)
Iron, silver
L. 14 5/16 in. (36.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
Not on view
The shield was carried by the grip, which was riveted across the hollow center of the shield on the inner side. This object and the associated shield boss (accession number 17.192.141) come from the tomb of a military official in Vermand, France, an area known in the fourth century as Gaul, which was then a province of the Roman Empire. Other finds from the same tomb, including a belt buckle, a decorative plaque, and the fittings from a spear shaft, are displayed in one of the Metropolitan Museum’s galleries of early medieval art.
Vermand, Aisne, northern France; ex coll.: Albert Jumel, Amiens, Boulanger, France; Stanislas Baron, Paris, France; J. Pierpont Morgan, New York.
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