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Pendants and harness junction

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From Newstead, Roxburghshire

Postcard of Pendants and harness junction.
000-100-037-079-C
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Pendants and harness junction

These three silvered bronze pendants and one silvered bronze harness junction (also known as a phalera) were found at the site of the Roman fort at Newstead in Roxburghshire. They were used on harnesses between 80 and 100 AD.

The elaborate pendants have the remains of decoration in niello.

Harness equipment could be utilitarian or highly ornate. Elaborate and decorative items like these, worn on the harnesses, displayed the owner's wealth and status. They were probably used in Roman tournaments or ceremonies.


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Online ID: 000-100-037-079-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FRA 530
Date: 80 - 100 AD
Between 80 and 100 AD
Material: Bronze, silvered; circular
Silver plated; remains of niello decoration
Silver plated; remains of niello decoration
Silver plated; remains of niello decoration
Dimensions:
What: Pendant
Pendant
Pendant
Phalera
Subject:
Who: Newstead Collection
Newstead Collection
Newstead Collection
Newstead Collection
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose, Newstead
Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose, Newstead
Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose, Newstead
Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose, Newstead
Event:
Description: Silver plated trifid pendant with remains of niello decoration, from Newstead, Roxburghshire
Silver plated trifid pendant with remains of niello decoration, from Newstead, Roxburghshire
Silver plated trifid pendant with remains of niello decoration, from Newstead, Roxburghshire
Silvered bronze phalera from the Roman site at Newstead, 80 - 100 AD
References:
  • Curle, J. A Roman frontier post and its people: the fort of Newstead. Glasgow: MacLehose, 1911, Pl. LXXII, figs. 2, 3, 4; Pl. LXXIII, 1. 
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