Ancient Roman Bronze T-shaped Brooch


A finely cast Iron Age Roman bronze T-shaped brooch, featuring characteristic wide cylindrical wings. The brooch features a thin bow that is gently arched into an elegant profile and tapers into a flat-sectioned foot. The well-preserved, hinged original pin extends from the front chord and sits in the pin catch. A simple example of a widely used type.

Date: Circa 1st - 2nd Century AD
Provenance: From a Surrey gentleman's collection (DG), purchased on the London Art Market from an ADA member, formed 1990's onward.
Condition: Very fine condition, with intact pin and bow, covering olive-green patina.


SKU: HL-263 Category: Tag:

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. The Roman’s conquests spread Roman culture and therefore the use of the fibula, which became the basis for more complicated and highly decorated brooches, modelled in bronze, silver and gold and further enriched with precious and semi-precious gemstones. Fibulae are the most common artefact-type in burials and settlements throughout much of the continental Europe. By the Middle Ages, the Roman safety pin type of fibula had fallen into disuse.






Weight 5.2 g
Dimensions L 3.4 x W 2.5 x H 1.1 cm



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