Ancient Roman Bronze Enamelled Plate Brooch

£ 100.00

An elegant Ancient Roman bronze plate fibula or brooch, featuring two bands of insert enamel, the outer band white and the inner dark blue, circling around a central protruding cone and with six outward lugs. Catch plate and original pin to the back.

Date: Circa 1st – 3rd century AD
Condition: Very fine, intact, large part of the original enamel inlays is still present and vivid in colour.


Product Code: RES-59
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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. The Roman’s conquests spread Roman culture and therefore the use of the fibula, which became the basis for more complicated and highly decorated brooches, modelled in bronze, silver and gold and further enriched with precious and semi-precious gemstones. Fibulae are the most common artefact-type in burials and settlements throughout much of the continental Europe. By the Middle Ages, the Roman safety pin type of fibula had fallen into disuse. Plate or titulus fibulae, occurring with many variations, were extremely widespread across all the Roman Empire during the first few centuries AD.

To learn more about the different types of fibulae, visit our relevant blog post: Roman and Celtic Fibulae.

Dimensions W 3.3 cm

Southern Europe