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Central London by Chance The Battersea Shield

Found in the River Themes at Battersea Bridge, London - Around 350-50 BC

The Battersea Shield is one of the finest examples of La Tene, or Celtic art, from Britain. It was deposited in the river perhaps as an offering to the Gods. The shield is decorated with three raised circular panels. The decoration is enhanced with inlayed red glass or enamel. The thin metal and short length of the shield would not have provided adequate protection in battle. Instead the shield was probably made for flamboyant display. It is made of several bronze sheets and a binding strip, held together with bronze rivets. Originally these bronze sheets would have formed the facing for a wooden base, which no longer survives.

Text by British Museum
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Posted by Chance
14th April 2011ce
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