Ancient Art, Antiquities & Ancient Coins

Roman Military Belt Fitting Group 2nd Century AD

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Comprising a massive buckle with two rectangular openings and pin, four rectangular appliqu?s and one pelta appliqu?. Cf. Oldenstein, J., Zur Ausr?stung r?mischer Auxiliareinheiten. Studien zu Beschl?gen und Zierat an der Ausr?stung der r?mischen Auxiliareinheiten des obergermanisch-raetischen Limesgebietes aus dem zweiten und dritten Jahrhundert n.Chr., Ber. RGK, Jg.57, 1976, pp.178-182, for the pelta appliqu?; Schleiermacher, M., ‘R?misches Pferdegeschirr aus den Kastellen Saalburg, Zugmantel und Feldberg’ in Saalburg-Jahrbuch, 50 (2000), pp.167-196, fig.189, no.8. 147 grams total, 30-64 mm (1 1/8 – 2 1/2 in.).Acquired on the German art market before 2000. Property of a Surrey, UK, collector.The assembly is linked to the horse harnesses of the 3rd century A.D., characterised by the presence of a peltate application and four decorative elements for the bridle or antilena/postilena straps, and by a massive buckle for the horse’s girth strap.