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Mount for Spear Shaft

Date:
ca. 400
Geography:
Made in Gaul
Culture:
Late Roman
Medium:
Silver-gilt, niello
Dimensions:
Overall: 4 13/16 x 1 1/16 in., 1.4oz. (12.2 x 2.7 cm, 41g)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.192.145
  • Description

    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
    are on view in the Arms and Armor Galleries. The six-pointed interlaced star was not at this time a Jewish symbol; it appears as a decorative motif in both Roman and Germanic art.

  • Provenance

    Found in Vermand, northern France.; Albert Jumel, Amiens; Stanislas Baron, Paris; J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (until 1917)

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