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.
Roman Bronze Cornucopia Plate Brooch
A Roman bronze plate brooch featuring a central perforated disc between two cornucopias which cross over at the bottom. Each are decorated with incised vertical lines to the top halves and are mounted with the head of a deity. The reverse displaces the original pin now fixed in the pin catch.
Provenance: Ex Cambridgeshire private collection, 1990's-2000's.
Condition: Excellent Condition