ROMAN CROSSBOW FIBULA
Measurements: 9.2 cm − height, 5.4 cm − width
Description: A late Roman bronze crossbow (Roman soldier/legionary type) 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. Fibulae were ancient brooches, whose function was not only decorative; they originally served a practical function, to fasten clothing such as cloaks.
Provenance: Ex. London collection, 1980's.
Reference: Harvard Art Museums
Period: 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.