Roman Jewellery Fantail Bronze Enamelled Brooch 1st-2nd Century


Product Code:RNC209

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Material: Enamelled bronze

Period: Roman imperial

Date: 1st to 2nd century

Origin: Roman provinces

Condition: VF. much of the enamelling is still intact. pin is present

Description: A bronze bow type brooch or fibula with fantail end; with a lozenge-shaped panel. at one time all filled with enamelling. now only partial. Pin is unusually still present.

Size and Weight: 41mm. 6g 

References: cf. Hattatt’s ‘Ancient Brooches’ p315 fig.174

Features and Provenance: Brooches as clothes fasteners have been made since the bronze age. As skills and metallurgy advanced. so did the size and detail of the fibulae. They were still used by the Romans. as buttons as then had yet to be invented. This type of brooch was an adapted plate brooch and their ornamentation indicated a degree of affluence by the wearer and their delicate structure points at them being used on equally delicate expensive fabric.

Condition Summary. This varies with the age of the artefact and there are grades between

Extremely Fine (EF). Very slight traces of wear. all parts of pattern etc present. visible and clear

Very Fine (VF). Some signs of wear on the higher parts of the relief. all parts of pattern etc present. but may be worn

Fine (F). Wear on the artefact and parts of item and pattern etc may be missing or not visible


Additional information

Weight50 g


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