Roman Crossbow Fibula

£ 150.00

A late Ancient Roman bronze crossbow fibula with a ridged crossbar decorated with two collared onion-shaped terminals, and a third onion-shaped terminal above the junction with the bow. The bow is decorated with vertical channels on the outer face with guilloche decoration within the channels. The rectangular footplate houses the D-shaped catchplate and its outer face is decorated with two central vertical channels with guilloche between, and upper and lower sections of ring and dot decorations.

Date: Circa 4th Century AD
Condition: Very fine, missing the central raised point on the left onion-shaped terminal, pin intact and in working condition, pale green patination, some traces of gilding on the footplate, and minor encrustations over the whole.
Product Code: RES-35
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Fibulae are ancient brooches and their purpose was not merely ornamental as they originally served a practical function, as clothing fasteners for gaments such as cloaks or togae. They ranged from very simple designs to extremely opulent and detailed crafts. They were usually metal, ranging from gold to silver to bronze. This type of fibula was particularly popular amongst Roman soldiers.

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

Dimensions W 5.4 x H 9.2 cm

Southern Europe



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