Bronze Square Chain Fragment

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Roman bronze square chain

Date Acquired  2004
Location Discovered Balkans
Material  Bronze/Copper Alloy
Dimensions 12cm long x 0.7cm wide (thick)

14cm long x 0.3cm wide (thin)

Roman Empire 1st- 4th Century AD

Bronze chain fragment, with end loop still intact.  Very intricately constructed with interlocking bronze wire pieces.  The end design forms a square shaped chain.  Perhaps used to suspend a lamp or merchants scale.  The thickness does however seem unusually strong for such small items so it is unknown if it perhaps had another purpose. 

The bronze is in good condition however one end has seized together, but with proper conservation it would most likely become functioning again.

**any help in finding sources for this item would be appreciated, as I have none**


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**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.