Brooch with boar hunt

Roman Provincial
Imperial Period
4th century A.D.


Diameter: 4.5 cm (1 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silver with gold leaf

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



Roundel of fibula or brooch with scene of horseman, a spear in his raised right hand, riding right, above a boar left. A tree trunk appears at the left with a leaf extending over the horse’s head. Gold has been applied to one branch of the tree, to the boar, to the rider’s costume, to the saddle, to several uncertain objects beneath horse, and to the decorative rim of the roundel. The back of the roundel is decorated with a series of rings and has two spots of solder for the ancient pin. From Caerleon, Wales (site of the 2nd Augustan Legion).


Said to be from Isca Silurum (Caerleon), site of a Roman fort in Wales; by 1976: with Peter Sharrer, Ancient Art, Inc., 72 Fairmount Road, Ridgewood, New Jersey 07450; purchased by MFA from Peter Sharrer March 10, 1976

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour