* A Roman Bronze Fibula, Roman Imperial Period, ca. 1st - 2nd century CE

RB2002

$375 USD

of crossbow form, comprising a highly arched semi-circular bow, flanked by a crossbar, the long flat foot with domed terminal, repeated at the top of the bow.

Background: Fibulae were the ancient equivalent of the modern safety pin. They were used by the Greeks, 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.

Dimensions: Length: 2 1/8 inches (5.4 cm)

Condition: Intact and in excellent condition.

Provenance: Alex Malloy collection, acquired in the 1980s.