Fibulae or brooches were originally used in Ancient Greece and in the Roman Empire for fastening garments, such as cloaks or togae. The fibula designs developed into a variety of shapes, but all were based on the safety-pin principle. Most pins were produced from bronze or iron however, precious metals such as gold have been used, owned by those of a higher status to demonstrate their wealth and power. The brooch itself can take many different forms and decorations, zoomorphic brooches were popular during the Roman period and have been found throughout Britain and other continental provinces.
Romano-British Bronze Zoomorphic Brooch
A Romano-British bronze brooch featuring a three-dimensional pair of birds, possibly doves, shown with long expanded tails. The birds display some definition to their facial features and detailing to the plumage, rendered with slanted grooves on their bodies. The hinge mechanism remains intact beneath the birds’ bodies, with the pin retaining some mobility.
This item was found in Lincolnshire in the 1980s.
Provenance: From a Surrey gentleman's collection (D.G.), purchased on the London Art market from ADA member, 1990s - onwards.
Condition: Excellent condition, some patination remains on the surface.