Roman Silver Trumpet-Headed Brooch

£ 225.00

A very well preserved Ancient Roman silver trumpet brooch, featuring the original catch-plate and pin. Its body features a sharp arched bow with an iconic trumpet head that gradually tapers into a flattened leg leading to a thin knobbed protrusion. A knurled ring decorates the trumpet head and the mid-bow knob, although it is now missing. The well-preserved, original pin extends from the wide coil spring and sits in a vertical rectangular pin plate.

Date: Circa 1st - 2nd century AD
Provenance: Ex Cambridgeshire private collection, 1990's-2000's
Condition: Very fine condition.

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SKU: CY-49 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. 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. By the Middle Ages, the Roman safety pin type of fibula had fallen into disuse.

Weight 8.2 g
Dimensions L 3.1 x W 1.7 x H 1.7 cm



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