A ROMAN BRONZE CROSSBOW FIBULA (TOGA PIN)

A ROMAN BRONZE CROSSBOW FIBULA (TOGA PIN)


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Roman: Bronze: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1297843

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c. 3rd Century CE

Made in typical crossbow form with knobbed terminals on cross bar. Intricate metalwork on the foot of the brooch and traces of gold inlay present.

In good condition with natural patina present.

10 x 6 cm (3.94 x 2.36 inches)

Similar examples in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. (Accession# 67.256.2, 95.15.113)

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In Ancient Rome fibula such as this one served practical as well as aesthetic functions. Functionally they were used as to fasten togas, a primary Roman garment. Beyond this fibulae are to be found in an innumerable variety of forms based on the tastes and affiliations of the owners. Due to its form, highly decorative elements and precious materials, this example, would have belonged to someone of high rank in the Roman Legion.