An Ancient Roman fibula made from bronze. The catch mechanism is housed within the hollow footplate and features a hinged pin. The front of the bow is features a decorative design of two sets of concentric circles, with horizontal bands at either end.
Date: Circa 1st- 3rd century AD Condition: Excellent condition. The bronze features some light patination. Original pin and catchplate.
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. The Etruscans were very fond of fibulae, some of which were very large and decorated with elaborate granulation and processions of animals in relief. Roman conquests spread the use of the fibula, which became the basis for more complicated brooches. The Roman safety pin type of fibula remained popular up until the Middle Ages.
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