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Mount for Spear Shaft

Date:
ca. 400
Culture:
Late Roman
Medium:
Silver-gilt, niello
Dimensions:
Overall: 1 3/16 x 1 1/8 x 1 in., 1.1oz. (3 x 2.8 x 2.6 cm, 31g)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.192.143
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301
This object comes from the Vermand Treasure, the most richly appointed barbarian-warrior grave ever found. The grave was likely that of an auxiliary soldier stationed in the Roman province of Gaul. It also contained a shield, parts of which of which are on view in the Arms and Armor Galleries.
Found in Vermand, northern France.; Albert Jumel, Amiens; Stanislas Baron, Paris; J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (until 1917)
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