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A large Etruscan Bronze Fibula ca. 2nd - 3rd century AD
Reference No: RB706
A large Etruscan Bronze Fibula ca. 2nd - 3rd century AD
Price : $ 850
EUR 782.94 GBP 670.40 AUD 1,297.02
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Of Sanguisuga type, the large hollow arched bow decorated with transversely-arranged central cross hatch band and dot bands, with a double-coiling spring, long pin and folded disk catch-plate

Fibulae were the ancient equivalent of the modern safty pin.  They were used by the Greeks, Etruscans, Romans, and other ancient people from the earliest times until late antiquity to pin garments such as togas or chitons at the shoulder.

Fibulae have been found in many forms. Some were designed as simple pins, others were designed in elaborate broach form. They come in one and two piece variations, and the catches can be either simple holders or more complex wire spirals.

Condition:  Museum quality, complete, the pin professionally rejoined otherwise in excellent condition overall.

Dimensions:  Length:  2 1/2 inches

Provenance:  Paul Ilton Private Collection