Lot 41: Roman Gilt Sol Invictus Buckle with Beast Heads
December 6, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 4th century AD. A parcel-gilt silver buckle comprising: scrolled loop with opposed gilt beast-heads; spiked tongue with violin-shaped shield; rectangular plaque with openwork amphora-shaped rear edge, gilt panel with standing nude male figure and legend 'INVICTO / SOLI' (for Sol Invictus"). See discussion in Sumner, G. Roman Military Dress, Strood, 2009. 53 grams, 90mm (3 3/4"). From an old German collection; acquired in Munich in the 1970s. Sol Invictus (the undefeated sun) was one of the military cults of the later Roman Empire. In 274 AD, Aurelian made Sol Invictus an official cult. The god was worshipped by emperors after Aurelian and still appeared on coins until Constantine I.
Condition Report: Very fine condition.