Bronze chariot fitting

Cast bronze finial, often described as a chariot horn cap, of the Iron Age (100BC-AD50). Decorated with a soft out-lined low relief design of three linked palmettes, the piece is said to have had traces of red enamel inlay when first found, but none now remain. The design is known as ‘British Celtic art style II’, derived from the Continental Waldalgesheim style. There are a pair of peg-holes in neck. Where is was found is not known but it may have come from the Thames at Brentford like other objects in Layton’s collection.

Dimensions: H 62 mm; DM 80 mm