Timeless Galleries are pleased to offer a beautiful 1st - 2nd century A.D. Roman Fibula Brooch.
The defining characteristic of a fantail fibula is its fan-shaped catch plate. This design diverged from the simpler bow fibulas, offering a larger canvas for decoration. They often featured intricate patterns, including geometric designs (as displayed in this piece), animal motifs, and sometimes figures from Roman mythology. The use of materials such as bronze, silver, gold, and occasionally inlaid with precious stones or enamels, added to their appeal and value.
The design and craftsmanship of fantail fibulas varied across the vast expanse of the Roman Empire. Each region had its unique styles and techniques, influenced by local traditions and resources. This diversity is evident in the archaeological finds scattered across former Roman territories. This piece is of Romano-British origin
Read all about the many different types of Roman Brooch
ROMAN BOW AND FANTAIL FIBULA BROOCH
Acquired by Timeless of the UK Antiquities Market, 2017, previously forming part of a the well known 'Chris Rudd' collection - Norfolk, UK.