Fibulae or brooches were originally used in Ancient Greece and in the Roman Empire for fastening garments. 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 brooches.
To learn more about the different types of fibulae, visit our relevant blog post: Roman and Celtic Fibulae.
Romano-Celtic Anchor Fibula
A Romano-Celtic bronze anchor fibula, consisting of an onion knob finial with incised detailing around its border, a shallow catchplate, a bow that widens to the head and terminates in a decorated rectangular horizontal bar, with an intact pin. The bow-head is curved with short wings that angle backwards with rounded finials. The midpoint of the bow is decorated by a thick band surrounded by smaller incised bands, below which is a rectangular horizontal bar with central granule.