Former (template) in the shape of a stylized animal head - ROM2010_11689_50


Former (template) in the shape of a stylized animal head

Geography: Made in Eastern Europe
Date: c. 700 AD
Period: Thracian/Avar
3.6 cm
Object number: 2002.25.1
Credit Line: This acquisition was made possible with a grant from the ROM Foundation
On view
Gallery Location:Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Gallery of Rome and the Near East

The animal's whiskers are rendered in low relief on either side of the nose; its back defined by a herring bone pattern joined at the top to a "wish-bone" in relief. On either side of the back, a pair of stylized "feather-shaped" tufts of hair form the mane. The surrounding edges and the underside are plain.

Throughout antiquity, goldsmiths used a variety of tools to fashion their products. Formers served as templates – gold sheet could be pressed and tooled over one to produce a raised figure or stylized head, as seen here.

Roman World
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