Almost all zoomorphic Roman brooches are in great demand, however, the Fly Brooch is particularly sought after by collectors.
Flies have featured as symbols of tenacity and strength in many ancient cultures (see this beautiful 3000-year-old fly amulet from Ancient Egypt), so it is no surprise that the symbology of the fly was adopted by the Romans - they were consummate adopters of the myths, Gods and practices of other cultures.
Measuring 3cm and decorated with ring and dots, this particular example was made some time during the first or second centuries A.D. and is cast in bronze. It was discovered on the Thames foreshore, UK.
Now available in the Timeless Galleries
RARE ROMAN FLY BROOCH
Acquired by Timeless of the UK Antiquities Market, 2017, previously forming part of the internationally respected Chris Rudd collection, Norfolk, UK.