Ancient Roman Bronze Hare Brooch

$166.26

A fine Ancient Roman cast bronze brooch modelled in the shape of a hare. The animal is depicted in a dynamic pose, with an arched back and bent legs striding forward. Detailing to the eye and body are rendered with fine carvings. The piece is mounted on a custom-made stand. Green patination remains on the surface.

Date: Circa 1st-3rd Century AD
Provenance: From the Brookie family collection. Preston, Lancashire, bought in the 1990's from ADA London gallery.
Condition: Good condition

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SKU: MG-147 Category: Tags: ,

Fibulae or brooches were originally used in Ancient Greece and in the Roman Empire for fastening garments, such as cloaks or togae. The fibula designs developed into a variety of shapes, but all were based on the safety-pin principle. Brooches modelled in the shape of animals have been vastly recovered across all the Roman Empire, including Roman Britain. The distribution of archaeological finds suggests that the major production centres for such ornamentation were Britain and Gaul.

Weight 13.8 g
Dimensions W 4 x H 3.2 cm
Culture

Metal

Region

Reference: For a similar item, please see The British Museum, item 1866,1203.143

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