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Once Upon A Roman Cloak - Ancient Roman 100 - 300 AD Fibula Pendant . This wonderful brooch is crafted from bronze. Featuring lovely detail, an interesting mechanism, and quality bronze work. This fabulous artifact is a fibula brooch, and is still in perfect working order. It has been matched up to a contemporary black cord so it can be worn as a pendant. The shape and detail on this piece is absolutely beautiful , with nice movement when worn on the cord. It has a rich deep bronze patina throughout the entire piece. The brooch, can be still worn as a brooch, or to protect the wonderful antiquity, it can be worn on a leather cord as a pendant. Truly a perfect unique gift or addition to any collection, to be treasured and enjoyed for many years to come.
Note: A fibula is an ancient brooch. Technically the Latin term, fibulae, refers to Roman brooches. However the term is widely used to refer to brooches from the entire ancient and early medieval world that continues Roman forms.
Unlike most modern brooches, fibulae were not only decorative, they originally served a practical function, to fasten clothing in the Neolithic period and the Bronze Age. In turn fibulae were replaced as clothing fasteners by buttons in the middle ages. Their descendant , the modern safety pin, remains in use today.
In Ancient Roman other places where Latin was used, the same word denoted both brooch and the fibulae bone because of a popular form for brooches and the shape of the bone were thought to resemble one another.
There are hundreds of different types of fibulae. They usually divided into families that are based upon historical periods, geography, and or cultures. Fibulae are also divided into classes that are based upon their general forms.
This example is in pristine condition, a museum quality piece.
Measurements: Brooch 52mm x 35mm Leather Cord 18" - 20" Adjustable . Extender available upon request.
Weight: 15.6 grams
Origin: Italy, Rome
Date: 100 - 300 AD