Phrygian Arched Bronze Brooch


A finely modelled ancient Phrygian bronze brooch or fibula, characterised by an arched, triangular bow. The fibula features decorated block moulding on each arm, representing  highly stylised zoomorphic heads. Beautiful green patination to the surface.

Date: Circa 8th-6th Century BC
Condition: Extremely fine, complete and intact. Green patination and some earthly deposits to the surface.


Fibulae were extremely common in Antiquity beginning in the late second millennium BC in central Europe and Greece, where they were used for fastening garments, such as cloaks, togae or peplums. The fibula designs developed into a variety of shapes, but all were based on the safety-pin principle. Fibulae with arched, triangular bows, as seen on this fine example, are usually referred as ‘knee’ or ‘elbow’ fibulae, and represent one of the most popular type of brooches to appear in the Near East, including Asia Minor. Such fibulae have been recovered from the 8th century BC, lasting until the first centuries AD.

Weight 10.3 g
Dimensions L 4.5 cm



Reference: For a similar item, The Metropolitan Museum, item 49.112.3 .

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