CELTIBERIAN BRONZE KNOT FIBULA
Measurements: 5 cm − diameter, 2.3 cm − height
Description: A bronze Celtiberian annular fibula consisting of a square-section outer ring with central domed body with knot of Herakles decoration. The fibula's spring and pin are missing, however the catchplate is intact. Item is suitable for modern wear as a pendant.
The Celtiberians were a group of Celts inhabiting the central-eastern Iberian Peninsula during the final centuries BC. They were the most influential ethnic group in Iberia when Carthage and Rome began their conquests. During the Second Punic War the Celtiberians serves often as allies or mercenaries of Carthage in its conflict with Rome, and crossed the Alps in the mixed forces under Hannibal's command.
Provenance: Important Spanish collection, 1970s.
Reference: Brailsford, J. W., Early Celtic Masterpieces from Britain in the British Museum, 1975, fig. 6.10, no. 12.
Schüle, W., Die Meseta-Kulturen der Iberischen Halbinsel. Mediterrane und eurasische Elemente in früheisenzeitlichen Kulturen Südwesteuropas, 1969, fig. 9.7, nos. 1 and 2.
Period: 3rd - 2nd century BC
Condition: Fine, with dark green patination. The spring and pin are missing.