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From Carlungie, Angus

Postcard of Brooch.
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This enamelled bronze brooch was found at Carlungie in Angus. It is an expensive brooch, imported from Gaul (modern day France), sometime between 100 and 200 AD.

The openwork brooch is inlaid with blue glass in a hidden red enamel matrix and small white glass spots in a greenish matrix. Some of the leaf-shaped and small blue circular projections have broken off.

There are many ways in which Roman objects travelled beyond the frontier. Some were the result of trade or diplomatic gifts and bribes by the Romans to local chiefs. Others were then passed on from one native chief to another.

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Online ID: 000-100-040-893-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.HD 1759
Date: Between 100 and 200 AD
Material: Bronze inlaid with blue glass in a hidden red enamel matrix; small white glass spots in a greenish matrix
Dimensions: 2.00" overall
Where: Scotland, Angus, Carlungie II
Description: Gallo-Roman enamelled bronze brooch from Carlungie II, Angus
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