Celtiberian Bronze Bow Brooches


A fine selection of two Celtiberian bronze bow brooch featuring an annular form with the pin catch attached to one side and the front cord to the other side. The bow highly arches leading to the spring at the head and the original pin which sits in the lateral perforation of the pin catch, now fixed in its position. Brooches such as this were widely popular, owing to their simplicity and ease of use, and remained commonplace until the Late Medieval period.

Date: 3rd -2nd Century BC
Condition: Good condition, some patination on the surface due to ageing.
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The Celtiberians occupied the central-eastern Iberian Peninsula during the final centuries BC, and are mentioned by several classical authors, though no formal definition of the group is provided. They displayed similarities with, but also significant differences from, the Celts of central Europe, such as those of La Tène culture. Metalwork stands out in Celtiberian archaeological finds, however the majority of these are objects pertaining to warfare, such as horse trappings and prestige weapons.

Brooches were a necessary accessory across the ancient world, being used to secure the garments of both men and women. A man would typically secure his dress or cloak using a pin, whilst a lady would more likely use a pin brooch. Brooches differ in their decoration and intricacy depending on the wealth of the original owner and the period in which they were made. Some later brooches are made from silver or gold and clad with stones, whilst others are plainer and made from cast bronze. Brooches could also be enamelled to add colour and vibrancy to the wearer’s clothes.

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Reference: For a similar item,The British Museum, 1923,0514.4

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