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A Superb Roman Bronze Fibula Brooch

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Seller: clioantiquities (150) 100%, Location: Wilmington, North Carolina, Ships to: US, Item: 132001733714 CULTURE/REGION OF ORIGIN: Roman BritainDATE: Late 1st Century ADDIMENSIONS: 2.92 cm (1.15 in.) long DESCRIPTION: Intact. A variant on the Roman bronze "Kraftig-profilierte" type brooch. The surfaces are dark green with a few paler highlights. The coiled spring is fitted through a vertical plate projecting down from the head of the bow. The large catch plate drops down from below the foot, while the bow itself is gracefully divided into slightly angled surfaces by a small central ridge and a vertical collar-like projection at its mid-point. The coil and pin are original. This variant probably dates from the very end of the type's history and shows influence from other brooch styles, including knee brooches and early trumpet typesPROVENANCE: Ex UK private collection. Old UK metal detecting finds collection created prior to changes to the Treasure laws, declared not treasure and legally exported.COMPARISONS: A Visual Catalogue of Richard Hattat's Ancient Brooches, Oxbow Books, Oxford, 2007, Figure 184, # 334 and 758 for related examples. Material: Bronze, Provenance: Ex old UK private collection through 2013

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