Roman Bronze Cornucopia Brooch


A fine Roman bronze brooch is the shape of a cornucopia. At the mouth is a conical shape which curves and tapers to a knobbed foot. The pin is attached by a spring and sits in the pin catch, now fixed. Green patination is visible to the surface.

Date: Circa 1st- 3rd century AD
Provenance: Ex Cambridgeshire private collection, 1990's-2000's.
Condition: Fine condition, patination to the surface.

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SKU: LD-440 Category: Tag:

In the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome, fibulae (or brooches) were originally used for fastening garments. They came in a variety of shapes, but all were based on the safety pin principle. Roman conquests spread the use of the fibula, which became the basis for more complicated brooches. There are very few cornucopia brooches however, it was a well-known motif among the Romans. In Greek mythology, the cornucopia was represented by a horn which was endlessly overflowing with fruits and vegetables. The cornucopia has made appearances with many of the gods and goddesses, especially Zeus, the Roman God Jupiter.

Weight 9.5 g
Dimensions L 3.5 cm



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