Roman Silver Kräftig Profilierte Type Brooch


A Roman silver kräftig profilierte type brooch featuring an anchor style head which draws downwards into a flat, rounded plate. Below is the spring, slightly hidden under the head, with the original pin attached, now no longer able to move. This brooch displays a rather large catch plate in which the pin now sits below. The bow widens to a flat, oval shape where it then tapers in towards the foot. A single knob and nodule are placed on the end of the foot.

Date: Circa 1st-2nd century AD
Condition: Very fine condition, small chip to nodule.

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Brooches (fibulae in Latin) were used particularly in the western Roman Empire for fastening garments of clothing such as cloaks. This example is of the ‘Kräftig Profilierte’ type, which was descended from La Tene fibulae. This type of brooch was native to the Roman province of Pannonia, in the upper Danube and the Austrian Alps. But some examples travelled to military areas of Roman Britain with the 9th Legion of the Roman army who were recruited in Pannonia. While the utility of all fibulae was based on the safety-pin principle, these high-profile examples became highly stylised in design, with those showing trumpet or anchor shaped heads becoming a paradigmatic shape.

Weight 9.5 g
Dimensions L 3 x W 2.1 cm



Reference: For a similar item,The British Museum, item BM.26

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