Plate Depicting Roman Invasion

Object Name: 
Plate Depicting Roman Invasion

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Object Name: 
Plate Depicting Roman Invasion
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
57.2.9
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 4.5 cm, Diam: 45 cm
Location: 
Not on Display
Date: 
about 1956
Primary Description: 
Clear glass; blown and diamond-point engraved. Shallow body with ground pontil mark. On exterior a broad frieze in elaborate diamond-point engraving representing the "Roman Invasion", including fighting scenes between Romans and "Britons". An inscription below the rim reads: "THE ROMAN TROOPS WERE TOO HEAVILY WEIGHTED WITH ARMOUR TO DEAL WITH SUCH AN ENEMY AND COULD NOT PURSUE THEM WHEN THEY RETREATED. THE TERROR INSPIRED BY THE HORSES AND THE NOISE OF THE WHEELS WAS SUFFICIENT TO THROW THEIR OPPONENTS INTO DISORDER". Around the center there is the following inscription: "THE BRITONS WOULD GENERALLY GIVE GROUND ON PURPOSE, AND AFTER DRAWING THEM SOME DISTANCE, WOULD JUMP FROM THE CHARIOTS AND FIGHT ON FOOT, GIVING THE MOBILITY OF CAVALRY AND STRENGTH OF THE INFANTRY".
Department: 
Provenance: 
Pope, Anthony L. ((English, d. 2012)), Source
1958-02-03
Color: 
Inscription: 
THE BRITONS WOULD GENERALLY GIVE GROUND ON PURPOSE, AND AFTER DRAWING THEM SOME DISTANCE, WOULD JUMP FROM THE CHARIOTS AND FIGHT ON FOOT, GIVING THE MOBILITY OF CAVALRY AND STRENGTH OF THE INFANTRY.
Inscription
diamond point engraved around the center
THE ROMAN TROOPS WERE TOO HEAVILY WEIGHTED WITH ARMOUR TO DEAL WITH SUCH AN ENEMY AND COULD NOT PURSUE THEM WHEN THEY RETREATED. THE TERROR INSPIRED BY THE HORSES AND THE NOISE OF THE WHEELS WAS SUFFICIENT TO THROW THEIR OPPONENTS INTO DISORDER.
Inscription
diamond point engraved below rim
Title Unknown (New Zealand, Australia)
Traveling exhibition touring New Zealand and Australia
Title Unknown (Crafts Centre of Great Britain)
Venue(s)
Crafts Centre of Great Britain 1957 through 1957
Exhibit of engraved glass and silver