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Iron Age (100BC - AD50)
Cast bronze finial or 'chariot-horn cap', decorated with a soft-outlined low-relief design of three linked palmettes. The piece was said to have had traces of red enamel inlay when first found, but none now remain. The design is known as 'British Celtic art style II', derived from the Continental 'Waldalgesheim' style. There are a pair of peg-holes in neck. Place of collection is unknown, possibly the Thames at Brentford. Part of the Layton collection.
Dimensions: H 62 mm; DM 80 mm
Accession number: O1760
Case number: LBL5.2
Other images of this object:
Smith, Reginald A. (1920). Specimens from the Layton Collection, in Brentford Public Library. ArchaeologiaLXIX(22), 1-30
Turner, Fred (1922). History and Antiquities of Brentford.
Stead, I.M. (1985). Celtic Art. British Museum
Vulliamy, C.E. (1930). Archaeology of Middlesex and London. Methuen & Co Ltd
Fox, C. (1958). Pattern and Purpose: A Survey of Early Celtic Art in Britain.
Stead, I.M. (1984). Some notes on imported metalwork in Iron Age Britain. [Cross-channel trade between Gaul and Britain in the Pre-Roman Iron Age]. Society of Antiquaries of London occasional paper 4, vii, 114p , Macready, Sarah; F.H. Thompson, F.H. (eds), London: Society of Antiquaries of London