Roman Horse Harness Ring

Culture: Roman
Period: 2nd century A.D.
Material: Bronze
Dimensions: 6.8 cm high
Price: 280 Euro
Ref: 3083
Provenance: German private collection Rühl, thence Antikenkabinett Gackstätter, Frankfurt, Germany.
Condition: Except for one missing knob intact.
Description: Harness ring of a Roman cart, as used in the Danube region. The saddle-shaped, strong bronze cast cascades on both sides to an openwork triangle form. On each end a decorative knob. On the sides semi-circular openings with flanking, notched drills. In the centre of the gabled saddle the dominating ring on a trapezoid, triple grooved base. On each side of the ring another knob. On each end of the saddle a ring eyelet with an applied knob. On the roughly smoothed bottom another, strong retaining ring.