Romano-British Silver P-shape Bow Brooch

£ 150.00

A fine Romano-British silver P-shape bow brooch featuring a single curved bow extending from the perpendicular bar. This type of brooch was an earlier continental version of the Crossbow type. The returned foot-plate curves back and is attached to the bow with a silver coil. The pin remains intact, now fixed in place, and extends from the coiled detail wrapped around the shoulders.

Date: 2nd-3rd century AD
Provenance: Ex Cambridgeshire private collection, 1990's-2000's.
Condition: Very fine condition. Both the catch plate and the pin are intact. Some patination to the surface.


SKU: SK-131 Category: Tag:

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. Fibulae are the most common artefact-type in burials and settlements throughout much of the continental Europe.

P-shaped brooches were highly popular among Roman soldiers, especially those stationed in the upper Rhine and upper Danube areas. Certain types also found their way across to Britain, including those with a single bow and open spring, such as this one.


Weight 3.95 g
Dimensions L 3.6 x W 1.9 x H 1.1 cm



Reference: For a similar item, The British Museum, item 1921,1101.44

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