Chemical Composition: XRF data from Artax 1
Alloy: Mixed Copper Alloy
Alloying Elements: copper, tin, lead, zinc
Other Elements: iron, silver
K. Eremin, January 2014
Technical Observations: The object has a green patina on the front that is somewhat more mottled with brown on the back. One rivet is intact, the other has rusted away, and the top left corner, including most of one rivet hole, is missing. The surface seems to be well preserved otherwise, although it is somewhat worn on the edges, and it is coated with a transparent material that is somewhat brown in the areas of greater thickness. The undecorated side of the piece is slightly pitted, perhaps from corrosion and cleaning.
The strap end was cast in one piece. The decorative features on the upper side of the strap end seem to have been carved. Whether they were originally carved in the wax is unclear, but the rope-like borders and texture around the pelta shape seem to preserved punch marks from working in the metal.
Francesca G. Bewer (submitted 2012)