Belt Applique

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Roman Legionary baldric belt applique







Date Acquired  2006
Location Discovered SIRMIUM old Roman city in Serbia. (Sremska Mitrovica)
Material  Silvered Bronze/Copper Alloy
Dimensions 4.2cm long x 4.4cm wide
Roman Empire 3rd to 4th Century AD

A bronze belt applique for the Baldric belt suspension method.  This piece would have attached to a leather belt most likely a part of the shoulder section.

Although hard to see sections of silvering still remain on the bronze.  A spiraling design adorns the center where straight sections in the design are present for added strength.  A straight line with perpendicular lines runs near the bottom area.  On the reverse are the remnants of a bronze rivet or stud that would have attached it to a leather belt.

The belt was an important part of the Roman Legionary's equipment and during the 3rd and 4th Century they were highly designed and works of art unto their own. (1)(2)


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(1) References to similar items: FEUGERE, Michel; Weapons of the Romans, page 197 2002.

(2) Reference to similar items: BISHOP, M.C & COULSTON, J.C.N; Roman Military Equipment "From the Punic wars to the Fall of Rome", page 160 2006.

**Note on background. A Fresco from the ancient Roman City of Pompeii. The interior walls of a wealthy Roman's Estate 79AD. Picture taken July 2005.