Bronze champlevé enamelled bow fibula

T-shaped brooch with four enamelled panels, two on the catch plate and two on the  bow forming blue and yellow patterns.

Small brooches, often in whimsical animal forms, were worn both by Roman soldiers stationed in the provinces and by the native population. Though brooches in these forms appear throughout the Roman world, the distribution of finds and the archaeological remains of workshops suggest that the major centers of production were Britain and Gaul. For a very simjlar piece see The Metropolitan Museum Accession Number: 55.140.

Roman period, 2nd century A.D.
W. 7.5 cm (2 61⁄64 in)

Private collection, Switzerland, acquired in the 1970s

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