Romano-British Wing-and-fanbow Enamelled Brooch


A finely cast Romano-British wing-and-fanbow bronze brooch with enamelled decoration. It features a flattened, arched bow that flares into a wide, triangular fan-tail foot. The two sides of the fan-shaped foot are inlaid with yellow and red enamel. The wide wings also taper to slight points and show the remains of red enamel. The brooch has a well-preserved, original pin and flat-sectioned, rounded pin catch.

This brooch was found in Lincolnshire

Date: Circa mid 1st century AD
Provenance: From a Surrey gentleman's collection (DG), purchased on the London Art Market from an ADA member, formed 1990's onward.
Condition: Fine condiiton


SKU: HL-267 Category: Tags: ,

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. Brooches modelled in the shape of animals have been vastly recovered across all the Roman Empire, including Roman Britain. The distribution of archaeological finds suggests that the major production centres for such ornamentation were Britain and Gaul.

This variety of brooch stems from the Aesica variety and combines stylistic elements from the dolphin brooches and rosette brooches. It is dated to circa AD 40 – 55 and has a relatively short usage span.

Weight 12.1 g
Dimensions L 2.8 x W 2.1 x H 1.8 cm



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