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A fine Roman Bronze Trumpet Fibula, ca. 2nd century AD

Perforated disk fibula with trumpet ornamentation, celtic decorative style., Richard Hattatt, Ancient Brooches: Oxford 2000 fig. 216 #'s 1621 & 1626B (2-3rd c AD), see also, Werner Jobst, Die Romischen Fibeln Aus Lauriacun, Linz, 1975, p. 213 #344, Pl. 48, datd ca. 250 CE., see also, Migration Art AD 300-800 by Katherine R. Brown, Met Museum of Art, NY, 1995, figs. 12 & 13, pp. 20-21. (Harness decoration & fibula)

Although of Roman production, the trumpet pattern is derived from a popular Celtic motif, produced not only in Britain but in Switzerland and turning up all over the Roman Empire, even in Syria on the Euphrates. "They were a product of a Celtic style taken up by non-Celts and adopted as part of the Roman ornamental repertoire. Some may have survived into the 3rd century AD and played their part in the resurgence of Celtic art in later Roman Britain" (Lloyd & Jennifer Laing (1992) "Art of the Celts" London pp.128-129).  This style frequently appeared on small objects such as fibulae and other personal ornamentation and was a popular design with the Roman military. For related example of style, see:  Bishop & Coulston, Roman Military Equipment, Edition 2, 2006.

Condition:  Exhibiting a fine blue-green patina, the fibula is intact and in excellent condition overall. In presentation box.

Dimensions:  Length: 1.5 inches (3.8 cm)

Provenance:   Private Maryland collection, acquired in early 1970.

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