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 Aucissa fibula originated from the Gaul region and spread across Roman occupation, it became popular during the 1st century BC. Many recovered Aucissa fibulae have the word “AVCISSA” incised to the head, hence the label, and thought to be the name of a workshop where many were produced. Other examples found do feature other decoration, including incised linear or zig-zag motifs. The popularity and use declined from around AD 60.
Roman Bronze Aucissa Type Fibula
A fine Roman Aucissa fibula cast from bronze. The highly arched bow is decorated with horizontal ridges and the foot ends with a small knob. The original pin is attached at the hinge and sits in the catch plate, now fixed in place.
Condition: Fine condition, patination to the surface.