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A Large Roman Bronze Knee Brooch, 150-200 AD

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Seller: clioantiquities (143) 100%, Location: Wilmington, North Carolina, Ships to: US, Item: 132013382246 CULTURE / REGION OF ORIGIN: Roman Empire, European Provinces DATE: Circa 150-200 AD DIMENSIONS: 4.0 cm (1.57 in.) long DESCRIPTION: Intact. An unusually large and robust example of a Roman bronze "knee" fibula. The surfaces are overall dark green with patches of reddish-brown and small exposed areas of metal showing through the patina. The coiled spring is fitted through a small vertical plate projecting down from the fan shaped cover, the upper surface of which is decorated along its outer edge with a finely engraved zig-zag pattern, either engraved or hammered. The catch plate drops down from the bow, which features a large multi-angled "knee" and small fan shaped foot. Original pin. An exceptional example of the type. PROVENANCE: Formerly in a German private collection. COMPARISONS: Justine Bayley & Sarnia Butcher, Roman Brooches in Britain: A Technological and Typological Study Based on the Richborough Collection, The Society of Antiquaries of London, 2004, 245 and 246 (Fig 80, page 101) for closely related examples. Material: Bronze

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