Roman Silver T-Shaped Brooch

$372.84

A fine Roman Danube T-shaped silver fibula featuring an arched bow leading to a large foot with a small knob. A long spring sits at the head of the brooch, tightly wrapped silver wire coils cover the axis-bar. The pin is attached by the spring and sits in the pin catch, now fixed in place. The body is decorated with two knobs, one placed at the head and one at the body.

Date: Circa 2nd-3rd Century AD
Condition: Excellent condition

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SKU: LD-367 Category:

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 many varieties of the T-shape brooch, the majority are of a simple design produced for those of a lower class. A key feature is the wings used to cover the spring however, there are some with visible springs much like this fine example. The foot is usually straight, unlike the forward curves of previous designs, and displays a plain leg with an abundant knob.

Weight 18.2 g
Dimensions L 5.1 x W 5.4 cm
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