CELTIBERIAN TRUMPET FIBULA
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Measurements: 7 cm − length, 3.5 cm − height
Description: A bronze Celtiberian trumpet-shaped fibula with a plain arching bow, thickest in its centre, with what was once a coiled pin at one end, now missing, and a catch plate at the other, extending into a stylised trumpet decoration on a stem with three circular incisions either side of a knob.
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: Schüle, W., Die Meseta-Kulturen der Iberischen Halbinsel. Mediterrane und eurasische Elemente in früheisenzeitlichen Kulturen Südwesteuropas, 1969, fig. 9.7, no. 7.
Brailsford, J. W., Early Celtic Masterpieces from Britain in the British Museum, 1975, fig. 6.10, no. 11.
Period: 5th - 3rd century BC
Condition: Fine, with light green patination and encrustations over the whole. Restoration to the underside of the trumpet finial, coiled pin and catchplate missing.