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Large Roman Bronze Knee Brooch

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Price: $112.50
Item Number: CA-15-430

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.